ERIC Number: ED261325
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
1984-85 Iowa Study of Alcohol and Drug Attitudes and Behaviors among Youth. Report I: Normative and Trend Data.
Current data on youth substance abuse behaviors, knowledge, and attitudes are important in addressing social and health issues. To obtain these data, students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 from 144 Iowa school districts completed a 105-item survey assessing demographics, peer influence, parent influence, school influence, personal preferences, and substance use/nonuse. This report presents the background and results of that survey in six sections. Following the introduction and an opening section which describes development of the survey instrument, and sampling and data analysis procedures, data on self-reported substance use and nonuse are presented for alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, other drugs, and polysubstances. The section on external influences on substance use and nonuse behaviors discusses parent, peer, and school influences. The section on personal variables presents data on internal influences (attitudes, knowledge, motives) on substance use or nonuse as they relate to alcohol, marijuana, and other substances. A brief summary of findings concludes each of these sections. The final section summarizes results by the four major areas addressed in the study: (1) the present status of substance use, attitudes, and knowledge among youth; (2) trends since 1975 in use, attitudes, and knowledge; (3) major influences in use and nonuse; and (4) recommendations for school personnel, parents, and youth agencies based on the study findings. Sixty-three data tables are provided throughout the text. (MCF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa