ERIC Number: ED443058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities. 1998 Student Survey Results.
Soule, Peneloope P.; Sharp, Joyce E.
This reports discusses results of the Nevada Department of Education's fifth biennial survey to assess drug and alcohol attitudes and use among students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 (N=7,770). This 1998 survey also addresses issues of safety, violence, and school climate in keeping with the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994. Students were asked about participation in school-based prevention programs, other school-related behaviors, and parental monitoring and standards. Survey results indicate that cigarette smoking and use of cocaine and tranquilizers are increasing among Nevada students at all grade levels, but that the use of alcohol and other illicit drugs, including marijuana, appears to be leveling off. Even more encouraging is evidence that violence-related behaviors such as fighting and race-related threats and attacks are showing significant declines. Approximately four out of five Nevada students feel safe and secure at school all or most of the time, yet only two in five feel safe all of the time. High school students are more likely to report feeling always safe than middle school students. Indications of risk for substance use and resiliency are discussed at each of the grade levels. Contains Appendix A, "1998 Student Survey Results," and Appendix B, "Trends in Substance Use among Nevada Students." (Contains 17 tables and 2 figures.) (MKA)
Descriptors: Drinking, Drug Use, Educational Environment, Elementary School Students, High Risk Students, Intermediate Grades, Interpersonal Competence, Marijuana, Predictor Variables, Resilience (Personality), School Psychologists, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Smoking, Student Surveys, Substance Abuse, Tables (Data), Violence
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nevada State Dept. of Education, Carson City.
Identifiers - Location: Nevada