ERIC Number: ED409091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Alcohol, Drugs, and Sex: Are Kids as Bad as We Think They Are?
This paper discusses the results of a Phi Delta Kappa study (1996) of core values in the schools, focusing on student and teacher perceptions of alcohol and drug use and sexual behavior among high school students. The study involved 2,125 teachers and 2,429 students. About three-fourths of the students were white, Catholic, middle-class, and attended parochial schools. It found that 79 percent of teachers thought that students would answer affirmatively that they sometimes used alcohol when encouraged to do so by friends, that 51 percent of teachers thought that students would answer affirmatively regarding drug use, and that 69 percent thought that students would answer affirmatively in regard to engaging in sexual activity. Student responses indicated that 32 percent of parochial students and 22 percent of public school students reported using alcohol, 15 percent of parochial school and 18 percent of public school students reported using drugs, and that 38 percent of parochial and 59 percent of public school students reported engaging in sexual activity. The paper discusses the results in light of public, media, and teacher perceptions of alcohol and drug use and sexual behavior among teenagers, along with the morality of such behaviors. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference and Exhibit of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Baltimore, MD, March 22-25, 1997).