ERIC Number: ED408556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Student Reports of Availability, Peer Approval and Use of Alcohol, Marijuana, and Other Drugs at School: 1993. Statistics in Brief.
Nolin, Mary Jo; And Others
Recent research on middle and senior high school students showed a reversal of previous decline in smoking marijuana and using drugs other than marijuana, a decline in students' personal disapproval of marijuana, and a high prevalence of alcohol use. Student reports of peer approval, availability, and use at school of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs are examined in connection with school and student characteristics in this report. Data are from the 1993 National Household Education Survey conducted by Westat for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Data were collected by phone interviews using a national sample of students (n=6,504) in grades 6 through 12. Results varied by type of substance; students were more likely to report peer approval of alcohol than of marijuana or of other drugs. Peer approval also changed, with students more likely to report peer approval of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs as students advanced through school. Almost one-third of students reported easy availability of alcohol and marijuana at school, and about one-third reported seeing students at school under the influence of alcohol. The availability and use of drugs other than alcohol and marijuana were less common. Approximately 80 percent of the students reported that they participated in some type of alcohol/drug education in the current school year but access to drugs and alcohol was nearly the same with this group as with students who reported no alcohol/drug education programs. (RJM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Alcohol Abuse, Children, Drinking, Drug Education, Elementary School Students, Illegal Drug Use, Intermediate Grades, Marijuana, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, National Surveys, Peer Acceptance, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Problems
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.