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ERIC Number: EJ832308
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1937-0814
The Relationship between Attitude towards Conflict & Drug Involvement Attitudes
Lohmeier, Jill H.; Schmitt, Vicki L.; Frey, Bruce B.
Middle Grades Research Journal, v3 n4 p73-87 Win 2008
Despite the success of many drug and alcohol prevention programs, drug and alcohol use by adolescents continues to be a problem. One important factor in preventing drug and alcohol use may be determining, in a non-intrusive manner, which students are most at risk for drug involvement. In the present study, the predictive relationship between adolescent attitudes towards conflict and their attitudes toward drug and alcohol involvement were examined using The Communities that Care Survey (CTC), based on the Hawkins, Catalano & Miller (1992) model of risk and protective factors. Although several items ask about reactions to conflict, the construct of attitude towards conflict has not previously been thoroughly examined in terms of its potentially predictive relationship with drug involvement. Five years of CTC data were collected from 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders (n = 11,419) in a medium-sized Midwestern town. A Conflict Attitudes Scale and a Drug Attitudes Index were created from CTC items. Regression results indicate that the Conflict Attitude Scale scores were predictive of Drug Attitude Index scores. The findings suggest that professionals working with middle grade students may consider utilizing assessments of attitudes toward conflict to predict adolescent risk for drug involvement. (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 12; Grade 6; Grade 8; Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A