ERIC Number: ED234281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
A Comparison of High School and College Student Attitudes toward Recreationally-Used Drugs.
Minder, Carolyn; And Others
Research has shown that drug use tends to increase during the college years, implying that college students have a more favorable view of drug use than high school students. To compare the attitudes of high school (N=367) and college students (N=260) toward nine recreationally used drugs, a semantic differential technique was used. Statistically significant differences were found between the groups for attitudes toward LSD, heroin, opium, and amphetamines, with high school students taking a more favorable attitude toward these drugs than college students. This finding is not in agreement with previous research and may reflect immaturity and lack of experience in the high school students. The fact that no significant differences were found for the most commonly used drugs, i.e., alcohol and marijuana, may reflect societal views regarding social acceptability, and the wide acceptance of marijuana and alcohol use among diverse segments of society. Another factor which may be involved is the increasingly frequent use of these drugs by young people. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (29th, San Antonio, TX, April 21-23, 1983).