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ERIC Number: ED359308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Adolescent Behavior: Legal and Illegal Drug Use by Race, Gender and Group.
Morgan, Harry
A study of legal and illegal drug use rates among working class adolescents in Georgia was conducted in a small city of 16,000 residents. Students at the local high school completed a questionnaire administered by their classroom teacher. Of the 296 female and 283 male participants, 102 were black and 477 were white. The results indicate that black families were more likely to live in poverty, but it could not be confirmed that black youth, more than whites, had a greater exposure to risk of legal and/or illegal drug use. Black youth appeared to have the same school attendance habits and the same self-esteem levels as did whites. The results also suggest that whites more than blacks and boys more than girls use tobacco--but that white girls are more likely to be alcohol users. For illegal drugs, white boys and white girls appear to be at greater risk than black boys and girls. In addition, black boys reported the highest self-esteem and white girls reported the lowest. Self-esteem reports were supported by the results from a question about thoughts of suicide, where black boys reported the lowest and white girls reported the highest frequency of suicidal ideation. Appended are 10 tables, a copy of the parent occupation section of the survey, and 22 references. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia