ERIC Number: ED057398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Social Psychology and Epidemiology of Student Drug Usage: Report on Phase One. A Report of the Carnegie-Mellon University Drug Use Research Project.
Goldstein, Joel W.; And Others
Student as well as author concern about drug usage prompted initiation of a research project on the extent and patterns of college student drug use. This report represents the first phase of that project, and deals with the demographic and psychological characteristics of drug users, patterns of drug usage, attitudes toward drug issues, perceived effects of usage, and changes in usage over time. As a result of survey responses by 3,010 students at Carnegie-Mellon University (1968), 6 types of users were identified and described: straight students (n=189); drinkers (n=424); heavy up (n=112) and down (n=98) users; marihuana tasters (n=98) and users (n=134). While drug use was clearly not a universal happening among those surveyed, there were strong and consistent relationships between characteristics of users and the nature and amount of their drug use. Personality data suggests that some people possess a predisposition to drug use. The authors urge society to examine its role in contributing to the creation of problems with which students sometimes cope by using drugs. Appended are copies of survey materials. (Author/CJ)
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Sponsor: Maurice Falk Medical Fund, Pittsburgh, PA.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Carnegie-Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA. Dept. of Psychology.