ERIC Number: ED186781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Drugs and the Nation's High School Students: Five Year National Trends. 1979 Highlights.
Johnston, Lloyd D.; And Others
The current prevalence of drug use among American high school seniors, and trends in drug use since 1975, were investigated as part of the program entitled "Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth," funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The basic research design involved data collection from high school seniors in approximately 125 public and private high schools across the United States, beginning with the class of 1975. Subjects were asked to respond to questionnaire items about current drug use, use at earlier grade levels, degree and duration of "highs," attitudes and beliefs, and their social milieu. Results indicated that: (1) 65% had used illegal drugs at some point in their lives with a substantial proportion having used only marihuana; (2) cigarettes were used daily by more of the students than any other drug; (3) more students used marihuana daily as compared to alcohol; and (4) higher proportions of males than females were involved in drug use, especially heavy drug use. (Author/HLM)
Descriptors: Alcoholic Beverages, Behavior Patterns, Drug Use, Environmental Influences, High School Students, Marihuana, National Surveys, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Trend Analysis, Youth Problems
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 (Stock No. 017-024-00968-7)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. for Social Research.
Note: For related document see CG 014 306.