ERIC Number: ED397353
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-14
Reference Count: N/A
Drug Use among Utah Students, 1994.
Bahr, Stephen J.
The prevalence of adolescent drug use in Utah is compared with drug use in the United States as a whole in this study. The data were obtained from a survey of 16,000 students in grades 7 through 12. Participants were drawn randomly from 38 of Utah's 40 school districts, with school personnel administering the anonymous questionnaire during school hours. The questionnaire was designed to be comparable to questions used in similar surveys in other states. It included 97 items which featured questions on frequency and amount of drug use, problems associated with drug use, attitudes toward drug use and other deviant behavior, attachment to parents, and other concerns. The 1994 data were compared with similar data collected in Utah during 1984 and 1989, and in the United States in 1994. Results show that the proportion of Utah's adolescents who use alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana is much smaller than that in the United States. For example, 50 percent of high school seniors in the United States reported using alcohol in the past month compared to 21 percent of Utah students. However, such differences were not evident in the proportions of adolescents who use amphetamines, tranquilizers, cocaine, heroin, inhalants, and hallucinogens. Contains 24 references. Appendices present the questionnaire, correspondence, and numerical results. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.; Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT.; Utah State Dept. of Human Services, Salt Lake City. Div. of Substance Abuse,
Identifiers - Location: United States; Utah