ERIC Number: EJ779165
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Associations among Sexual Attraction Status, School Belonging, and Alcohol and Marijuana Use in Rural High School Students
Rostosky, Sharon Scales; Owens, Gina P.; Zimmerman, Rick S.; Riggle, Ellen D. B.
Journal of Adolescence, v26 n6 p741-751 Dec 2003
Analysis of data collected from 1725 9th graders from 25 rural high schools revealed that students reporting same-sex attraction or uncertainty about their attraction status also reported significantly lower GPAs, lower school belonging, and higher marijuana and alcohol use. Regression analyses confirmed that beyond the effects of GPA and biological sex, sexual minority attraction status was negatively associated with school belonging. Further, while higher school belonging significantly decreased the odds of alcohol and marijuana use, sexual attraction status did not significantly contribute to the model. Post-hoc analyses indicated that sexual minority students systematically reported that they perceived less privacy in completing the survey, lending support to the notion that these adolescents may feel less trusting of their school environments. These findings are discussed in light of the need for interventions to address the developmental challenges of sexual minority students.
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Marijuana, Drinking, Homosexuality, Grade 9, Minority Groups, Rural Areas, High School Students, Sexuality, Student Adjustment, Surveys, Student Attitudes, Trust (Psychology), Educational Environment, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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