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ERIC Number: ED321176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Survey Results of Use of Drugs and Alcohol among High School Students.
Hillman, Stephen B.; And Others
Student volunteers (N=190) from a suburban Detroit high school population completed an instrument measuring student, parent, psychological, and social factors in relation to substance use and abuse. Analysis of data revealed that alcohol was the most widely used substance among the students, followed by cigarettes and marijuana, in that order. Each of the remaining seven substances (inhalants, cocaine/crack, hallucinogens, stimulants, sedatives, tranquilizers, and other narcotics) was used by less than 8% of the students surveyed. Females reported using wine more often than did males; there were no significant differences between males and females in use of beer, liquor, cigarettes, or marijuana. Beer, cigarette, and marijuana use appeared to increase as grade level increased. Students who reported higher levels of participation in school activities reported less substance use. Parental employment status did not correlate significantly with levels of substance use. Approximately 20% of the sample reported negative life events related specifically to substance use. Twenty-three percent reported driving a car while under the influence of drugs or alcohol; 48% reported riding in a car while the driver was under the influence. The findings support the premises that adolescent substance use increases with age and that a polydrug use phenomenon can be observed in this population. Students identified substance abuse counselors as the best source of accurate and complete drug information. (NB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A