ERIC Number: ED372322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-3
Cognitive, Behavioral, and Environmental Factors in Adolescents' Alcohol and Other Drug Use: A Developmental Perspective.
Jenkins, Jeanne E.; And Others
This paper reports the preliminary findings of a county-wide study of alcohol and other drug (AOD) behaviors and influences among 2,229 randomly selected students in grade 8, 10, and 12. The discussion focuses on behavioral, cognitive, and environmental predictors of AOD behaviors. The paper highlights a refined study of the influence of peers, drug information (from school-based programs and individuals), and positive school and after-school indicators in relation to drug involvement. Investigators examined 17 drugs, including beer, wine coolers, tobacco, marijuana, and liquor. The objectives of this presentation were to: (1) increase the participants' knowledge of environmental and individual factors related to AOD use; (2) identify select peer influence variables related to AOD behavior; (3) examine the relative significance of cognitive-perceptual factors in AOD use; (4) help school psychologists understand the implications of this study's findings for direct and indirect service delivery; and (5) chart developmental trends in AOD predictive models. Participants were expected to increase their understanding of the multi-determined nature of alcohol and other drug use among adolescents and gain a developmental perspective on AOD predictors. Included are 16 tables which give statistical predictions for AOD use and behavior. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (26th, Seattle, WA, March 4-5, 1994).