Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 1996

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Social Work

Advisor

Bill Daley

Abstract

The purpose of the researcher was to investigate the attitudes toward alcohol and other non-prescriptive mind altering substances of students in grades 7-9. The 8 independent variables investigated were gender, grade placement, DARE participation status, family structure, alcohol use, non-prescriptive mind altering substance use, Knowledge of Alcohol, and Knowledge of Non-prescriptive Mind Altering Substances. The dependent variables were scores from the Attitude Toward Drinking and Attitude Toward Non-prescriptive Mind Altering Substance Use subscales of an alcohol and substance questionnaire. Three composite null hypotheses and one null hypothesis were tested at the .05 level of significance. The sample consisted of 233 students in grades 7-9. For the three composite nulls, a status survey factorial design was employed using a three-way analysis of variance (general linear model), and the null hypothesis was tested employing a t-test for correlation coefficient. A total of 41 comparisons were made, plus 2 recurring. Of the 41 comparisons 17 were for main effects and 24 for interactions. Of the 17 main effects 7 were statistically significant at the .05 level. Of the 24 interactions 6 were statistically significant at the .05 level. The results of the present study appeared to support the following generalizations: 1) students who use alcohol have a positive attitude toward drinking, 2) students who use substances have a positive attitude toward drinking, 3) gender, grade placement, and DARE participation Status should be interpreted concurrently for attitude toward drinking, 4) gender and grade placement should be interpreted concurrently for attitude toward mind altering substances, 5) gender, grade placement, and DARE participation status should be interpreted concurrently for attitude toward mind altering substance use, 6) family structure, alcohol use, and knowledge of alcohol should be interpreted concurrently for attitude toward mind altering substance use, 7) gender and knowledge of mind altering substances should be interpreted concurrently for attitude toward mind altering substance use, and 8) gender, substance use, and knowledge of mind altering substances should be interpreted concurrently for attitude toward mind altering substance use.

Rights

Copyright 1996 Pamela M. Redetzke

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