ERIC Number: ED101240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Trends in Freshman Attitudes and Use of Drugs. Research Report No. 4-74.
Howard, Beverley R.; Sedlacek, William E.
An anonymous questionnaire was administered to a representative sample of incoming freshmen at the University of Maryland, College Park (N=491; 53 percent male, 47 percent female). Data were compared with previous surveys at Maryland (Horowitz and Sedlacek, 1973; Fago and Sedlacek, 1974 a,b) and analyzed by percentages, chi-square, F and Friedman 2-way analysis of variance. Results indicate that more freshmen have tried marijuana than in previous years, but there are fewer regular users. In the most recent year studied, males have a higher incidence of use of marijuana, cocaine, and beer than females, while females report a higher incidence of speed use. City residents reported a higher incidence of drug use, followed by suburban and rural freshmen. Students tended to use drugs to "get high, feel good," and tended not to use drugs because of "no desire to experience its effects." Reasons for use and nonuse were not significantly different across years. Students in the latter two years studied were more apt to feel that marijuana should be legalized and to come to the counseling center for help, but they were less likely to attend a drug education program. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.