ERIC Number: ED363837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reflections of Social Change. Minnesota Student Survey 1989-1992.
Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.
The Minnesota Student Survey was first administered in 1989 to students in grades 6, 9, and 12, when approximately 90,000 students completed the survey. The survey was administered to approximately 131,000 students in 1992. A comparison of the two administrations revealed that the adolescent student population had changed little between 1989 and 1992 as reflected by the demographics and family structure reported by students. Alcohol use appeared to have declined between 1989 and 1992 for all students regardless of age. The greatest change was seen in the increase in students who reported that they had never used alcohol. Marijuana and cocaine use also appeared to decline during the 3-year interval. Tobacco use, in contrast, showed little change between 1989 and 1992. Decreases in alcohol and drug use appeared to hold for both infrequent and frequent use. Fewer adolescents reported initiating alcohol or drug use at young ages, fewer students reported drinking to intoxication, and fewer students reported drinking and driving or riding with drinking friends. Acceptance of drinking and drug use seemed to be waning among adolescents. Antisocial behaviors (vandalism, physical fighting, shoplifting) were unchanged over the 3-year period, as were rates of family violence. Serious emotional distress and low self-esteem showed slight increases, as did sexual abuse. Suicide attempts showed slight decline among younger students between 1989 and 1992. (Other findings are reported in both text and graph form; recommendations are included.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Washington, DC. School Improvement Programs.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.
Note: For a related document, see CG 026 019.