ERIC Number: ED114730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Sex Differences in University Freshmen Attitudes and Behavior toward Drugs: A Three Year Comparison. Research Report Number 8-74.
Fago, David P.: Sedlacek, William E.
Sex differences in the attitudes and behavior of entering freshmen toward 13 drugs were examined through the administration of anonymous polls at the University of Maryland during three consecutive years, 1972-1974. The polls were designed to investigate the incidence and frequency of drug use; the students' reasons for using and not using drugs; and student attitudes toward drug legalization, the illegal sale and use of drugs, and the University's role in providing drug-related services. Results suggested distinct differences between males and females, particularly in their patterns of drug use. The incidence of drug use and regular use were found to be fairly stable for males and increasing for females over the three years sampled. Beer and marijuana however, reflected increases in incidence and frequency of use for both sexes. Significant sex differences were also found in 6 of 15 attitude items. In general, women seemed to be more conservative in their attitudes. Reasons for usage and non-usage were similar for males and females. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.