ERIC Number: ED083496
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May
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Student Drug Use, Risk-Taking and Alienation.
Rouse, Beatrice A.; Ewing, John A.
This study seeks: (1) to detect whether an increase in drug use occurred in the two years since a previous similar study; (2) to determine the kinds and levels of risk which the students associated with the nonprescription use of various drugs; and (3) to examine the extent to which the marihuana groups showed alienation. The study drew a proportionate random sample, stratified on the basis of sex class year, from the undergraduates in a southeastern coeducational university. The students received mailed questionnaires which examined the use of eight drugs. The results show that marijuana continuers, experimenters, and non-users differ significantly. More users report driving after drinking, using marihuana to overcome depression, and experiencing identity problems. Continuing marihuana users reported serious suicidal thoughts. The perception of fewer risks involved with marihuana use relates more directly to its use than do indicators of alienation. (Author/LAA)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Psychiatric Association, 7-11 May 1973, Honolulu, Hawaii