ERIC Number: ED258079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Children's Attitudes and Perceptions about Drugs and Alcohol.
Weekly Reader Publications, Middletown, CT.
The problems of drug and alcohol use among young people has caused concern for many years. A survey of students' attitudes concerning drugs and alcohol use was conducted by the classroom publication "Weekly Reader." Students in grades 4 through 12 responded to the poll, and a random sample of 101,000 responses was analyzed. The results of the poll showed that in grades four and five, children reported learning about the dangers of drugs and drinking from family and movies/television. Not until grade six did school become the major source of information. As early as grade four, about 25 percent of the students said that children in their age group felt peer pressure to try alcohol or marijuana. By seventh grade, at least half of the respondents felt pressure to experiment with alcohol or marijuana. Although other studies have indicated that drug use among students is not as high as these students believed, the fact that young students think drug use is common is in itself cause for concern since many children use drugs to fit in and gain acceptance by their peers. (Survey questions and major results are summarized in this paper. Detailed tables of results, and analyses of responses of grades four through eight by geographical region, urban/suburban/rural differences, and sex of respondents are appended.) (NRB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Weekly Reader Publications, Middletown, CT.