ERIC Number: ED330979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Student Drug Use, Attitudes, and Beliefs in the Department of Defense Dependent Schools Class of 1982. Monitoring the Future. Occasional Paper Series, Paper 15.
Johnston, Lloyd D.; And Others
This paper compared findings from a drug use and related attitudes survey with those from the Monitoring the Future study. The comparison group consisted of high school seniors who attended the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) in 1982. The current prevalence of drug use among high school seniors in DoDDS and comparisons of drug use between high school seniors in DoDDS and seniors in stateside schools were examined. Data on grade of first use, intensity of drug use, attitudes and beliefs, and perceptions of certain relevancy aspects of the social environment were studied. Questionnaires were compled from DoDDS seniors (N=2,460) or 83% of the targeted students. This response compared to the 83% of the sampled targeted stateside seniors. Overall the patterns of licit and illicit substance use by the overseas DoDDS student population were impressively similar to their stateside counterparts. The same proportion of both population reported having ever tried any illicit drug, and nearly identical proportions reported having used an illicit drug other than marijuana. Equivalent proportions of DoDDS and stateside students perceived use of drugs as entailing great risk. Research indicated DoDDS students used inhalants, tranquilizers, heroin, barbiturates and opiates other than heroin, exhibited a higher use of licit drugs, and reported lower usage of marijuana than did stateside students. (BHK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. for Social Research.