ERIC Number: ED478693
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse VIII: Teens and Parents.
Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.
For eight years, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) has been engaged in the undertaking of surveying attitudes of teens and those who most influence them--parents, teachers and school principals. While other surveys seek to measure the extent of substance abuse in the population, the CASA back to school survey probes substance-abuse risk and identifies factors that increase or diminish the likelihood that teens will abuse tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs. The objectives are to develop the most effective means of helping teens avoid substance abuse and to help parents by uncovering markers that affect the risk that their teens may abuse substances. This year CASA surveyed 1,987 teens ages 12 to 17 (1,044 boys, 943 girls) and 504 parents, 403 of whom were parents of the teens we interviewed. For the first time, this year the CASA survey sought to measure the impact of stress, boredom and spending money on the risk of teen substance abuse. The troubling finding: high stress, frequent boredom and too much spending money pose a triple threat to American teens, greatly increasing the likelihood that they will smoke, drink, get drunk and use illegal drugs. Five appendixes contain the survey methodology, screening questions, and survey data. (GCP)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Family Influence, National Surveys, Parent Attitudes, Parent Role, Predictor Variables, Prevention, Stress Variables, Substance Abuse
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 633 Third Ave., New York, NY 10017-6706. Tel: 212-841-5200; Fax: 212-956-8020; Web site: http://www.casacolumbia.org. For full text: http://www.casacolumbia.org/usr_doc/2003_Teen_Survey.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.