ERIC Number: ED432356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Attitudes and Opinions from the Nation's High Achieving Teens: 26th Annual Survey of High Achievers.
Who's Who among American High School Students, Lake Forest, IL.
A national survey of 3,351 high achieving high school students (junior and senior level) was conducted. All students had A or B averages. Topics covered include lifestyles, political beliefs, violence and entertainment, education, cheating, school violence, sexual violence and date rape, peer pressure, popularity, suicide, drugs and alcohol, sexual behavior, quality of life and home, and relationships with parents. The survey questions are part of a database accumulated over 25 years. Highlights of the results included the following: (1) 58% of the students said that it was easy to obtain test answers and questions, 47% and 53% felt that it was easy to obtain drugs and alcohol, respectively, and 19% said that weapons were easily acquired at school; (2) 76% of students admitted they had cheated in school; (3) 37% of students who were sexually active said they would engage in sexual intercourse even if a condom was not available, 44% of sexually active students said they regularly did not use a contraceptive device, and 85% of the sexually active students did not believe that they were at even moderate risk for contracting AIDS; (4) 45% of high achieving males said that they owned or had access to some kind of gun; (5) one-third of students (33%) said their parents knew they had friends at home when they were away, 15% said their parents knew they drank, and one in ten (10%) said their parents knew they cheated in school; and (6) nearly 29% of students knew someone who had allegedly been date-raped, while 11% of female students reported having been sexually assaulted in some manner. (JW)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Who's Who among American High School Students, Lake Forest, IL.