ERIC Number: ED330977
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Changes in Drug Use after High School as a Function of Role Status and Social Environment. Monitoring the Future. Occasional Paper Series, Paper 11.
Bachman, Jerald G.; And Others
Relatively little longitudinal research exists on the progression of drug-using behaviors through the early adult years, a period during which young people make a number of important transitions in social environments, primary activity, and marital status. Using data from the national study, Monitoring the Future, changes in the use of cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, and other illicit drugs by young adults after high school were examined for various groups defined in terms of living/marital situation, student status, and employment status. Results indicated that post-high school drug use was highly predictable from senior year drug use. The use of alcohol, marijuana, and other illicit drugs (but not cigarettes) seemed also to be influenced by post-high school living arrangements. More specifically, living with a spouse seemed to reduce drug use, living with parents tended to continue the senior year status quo, living with a partner tended to mostly increase drug use, and other living arrangements, including dormitories, also tended to increase use. These relationships were largely unaffected by the inclusion of other predictor dimensions. (Author/BHK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. for Social Research.