ERIC Number: EJ862293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Social and Religious Factors in Adolescents' Drug Use
Jones, Sandra C.; Rossiter, John R.
Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, v18 n1 p85-92 2009
The original purpose of this study was to test several types of anti-cannabis messages. Analysis of the results led to a second, post hoc purpose: to explain why pre-intervention substance usage rates varied so greatly between the sampled schools. Participants were Australian ninth-grade students at a state government high school and a non-denominational Christian high school. Analysis of the open-ended responses indicated that attending a school that has a strong moral prohibition on substance use--reinforced by peers, families, and church--acts as a protective factor in preventing substance use. Studies such as this suggest that providing adolescents with supportive environments will encourage them to make sensible choices about drugs, with long-term benefits for the individual and the community.
Descriptors: High School Students, Marijuana, Drug Use, Adolescents, Religious Factors, Drug Abuse, Health Promotion, Intervention, Foreign Countries, Grade 9, Social Influences, Religion, Moral Values, Family Influence, Peer Influence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia