ERIC Number: ED329876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Teenage Drug Use: Uncertain Linkages with Either Pregnancy or School Dropout. Report to the Chairman, Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
The study reported in this document is a follow-up to earlier reviews of drugs and other youth problems. It addressed the current status of and the recent trends in teenage drug use, pregnancy, and dropping out of school, and the post-1987 research about the relationship between teenage drug use and either pregnancy or dropping out. Statistics from public and private agencies were evaluated to describe trends in basic rates of these behaviors. Although the data on teenage drug use displayed a downward trend, reporting problems and estimating errors hindered their interpretation. It seems unlikely that actual drug use has risen between 1979 and 1988 among youths overall, or among individual racial or ethnic groups. The 1985 data on teenage pregnancy indicated large disparities in the pregnancy, birth, and abortion rates for women 15 to 19 years of age, while nonWhite and Hispanic teenagers appeared much more likely to become pregnant. Research on dropouts indicated that teenagers were leaving school less frequently than in the past. Also, Black students had substantially decreased the gap between their dropout rates and those of White students. Hispanics and Native Americans continued to drop out of school at rates considerably higher than those of White or Black students. (BHK)
Descriptors: Abortions, Adolescents, Comparative Analysis, Dropouts, Drug Use, Pregnancy, Racial Differences, Secondary Education, Trend Analysis, Youth Problems
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (1-5 copies, free; 6-99 copies, $2.00 each; 25% discount on 100 or more copies).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.