ERIC Number: ED071011
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar-15
Reference Count: 0
Drug Education Effects. Final Report.
Mason, Michael L.
This is a research project that was intended to study the effects of a factual drug education program on the attitudes on high school and junior high students toward the use of psychoactive drugs. The approximately 250 eighth and twelfth grade students involved in the study filled out a number of questionnaires designed to measure a variety of their attitudes about psychoactive drugs immediately before and after participating in a drug education program that relied heavily on the presentation of known facts about a variety of drugs. Analysis of the data indicated that the students learned about the given drugs to a highly significant degree, their curiosity about the effects of "mind-expanding" drugs was increased, and they exhibited an increased tendency to deal with psychological discomfort through the use of drugs. At the same time they reacted more favorably toward the legalization of marijuana and a reduction of penalties for drug use, and less favorably toward present emphasis on a legal approach to the use of drugs. The primary conclusion of the study is that drug education is not an effective means of suppressing the use of drugs. References and numerous tables are included. (Author)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Young Adult Services, Gainesville, FL.