ERIC Number: ED134869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Social Bases for Illegal Behavior in the Student Community: First Year Report.
Zimmerman, Donald H.; Wieder, Donald L.
This report describes the beliefs, attitudes and practices of members of the student community who use drugs and the social structure that supports drug use. The study focuses on the cultural frame of reference of the middle class drug user, especially those factors which seem to contribute to the legitimization of drug usage. The study utilized interviews, questionnaires and diaries from 90 informants, who were members of a student community with a generally high level of drug usage. Data were collected on the values system and morality of the counter-culture, the role of drugs in the informants' life style, and folk pharmacology. The authors planned to use their data to develop more rational strategies for preventing or reducing drug use, especially among the middle class. Although this was intended to be a two-year project, the second year was not funded. (Author)
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Beliefs, College Students, Community Attitudes, Cultural Influences, Drug Abuse, Life Style, Middle Class, Social Influences, Social Science Research, Subcultures, Values
National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, Virginia 22151 (HC $6.00, MF $0.95, order number PB-211 657)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Scientific Analysis Corp., San Francisco, CA.