ERIC Number: ED413558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Back to School 1997--CASA National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse III: Teens and Their Parents, Teachers and Principals. Conducted by Luntz Research Companies and QEV Analytics.
Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.
For most middle and high school students in the United States, drug-free schools are not available. To explore the nature of drug problems in the schools, 305 middle school teachers, 484 high school teachers, 401 school principals, 1,115 teens, and 998 parents were surveyed so as to assess their attitudes toward cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and acid. The survey represents an annual effort to identify factors and situations that influence teen substance abuse, and to help parents, teachers, school administrators, clergy, public health practitioners, and public policy makers apply resources most effectively. The survey report offers a number of key findings, such as teenagers' assessment that drugs are the biggest problem that they face. A status report on teen substance abuse risk indicates that hard drug exposure is increasing among students and that 76% of high schoolers and 46% of middle schoolers attend schools where drugs are kept, used, or sold. The quality of the school environment is seen as a large component of drug-use risk, as are the attitudes that teachers and administrators hold toward drugs. It is estimated that those students who do not attend drug-free schools are four times likelier to smoke marijuana. (RJM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, High Risk Students, High School Students, Illegal Drug Use, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, National Surveys, Parent Attitudes, Questionnaires, Risk, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Substance Abuse, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.