ERIC Number: ED255776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Substance Abuse Awareness Telephone Survey. Community School District 22, Brooklyn, New York.
A random digit dialing procedure was used to administer a telephone survey to 335 adult residents of Community School District 22 in Brooklyn, New York. An interview schedule was developed to measure respondents' awareness of substance abuse in their neighborhoods and of local facilities for dealing with such problems. Respondents (N=125) whose households included school-aged children were asked about substance abuse in schools in a form parallel to the neighborhood survey. The findings indicated that respondents considered drug and alcohol abuse a significant community problem. Marijuana was the drug most frequently cited as the cause of problems, and beer was the most frequently cited alcoholic beverage. Respondents stated that personal observations formed the source for their opinions. Most respondents indicated that they had a fair amount or not much information about the effects of drugs and alcohol. Newspapers and television were the most frequently mentioned sources of information on the effects of both substances. Only 12 percent of all respondents reported knowledge about community health agencies dealing with drug and alcohol problems; even fewer knew of the efforts of law enforcement agencies, religious groups, and schools. About one-third of respondents expressed a willingness to attend a drug and alcohol education program if one were available. (The survey instrument and 17 data tables are included in the report.) (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, Brooklyn, NY. Brooklyn Coll.