ERIC Number: ED341948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec-10
Factors Associated with Attitude toward Alcohol Use of Sixth and Eighth Grade Students.
Strecker, Glen E.
Alcohol has been and continues to be the drug of choice of youth. More than 75% of adolescents have used alcohol by the age of 16 and over 60% of high school seniors nationwide have used some form of alcohol on the average of once a month. This study investigated factors affecting attitudes toward use of alcohol of 6th-grade students (N=68) and 8th-grade students (N=60). Students were from areas in central Kansas in which agriculture was the main source of income, and from a more urbanized area. The students were surveyed, and these variables were investigated: grade placement, gender, community, perceived peer attitude, perceived parental attitude, and knowledge of alcohol. The dependent variable was the individual's attitude toward use of alcohol score from the Alcohol Attitude Questionnaire. The results of the study appeared to support these generalizations: (1) perceived peer attitude was positively associated with the individual's attitude toward alcohol use; (2) perceived parental attitude was positively associated with the individual's attitude toward alcohol use; (3) gender and grade in school were not associated with the individual's attitude toward alcohol use; (4) no association was found between community and the individual's attitude toward alcohol use; and (5) knowledge about alcohol was not associated with the individual's attitude toward alcohol use. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Thesis, Fort Hays State University.