College Students Attitude Toward Marijuana Use on Campus

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Chapter One Introduction Illicit drug use continues past adolescence is reflected in rising drug use rates among young adults 18–24 years old (Addiction, 2000). Since 1960 drug use among college students have increased. For example, in spite of various programs to reduce drug use among college students, especially the use of marijuana has increased since the past 10 years (Addiction, 1997). The college experience is a particularly challenging phase in an individual’s development. It provides many students with their first opportunity to be a part of a large group of their peers without parental or other supervision, and also the last time during which they will be able to have this type of experience before taking on the…show more content…
There are many theories as to why some students engage in these risky behaviors while others do not. Some researchers concentrate on personality difficulties such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and social introversion (Kaplan, 1979; Schall, Kemeny, & Maltzman, 1992; Valliant, 1995). Still others focus on student beliefs regarding normative behavior among their classmates. If students act, in part, to conform more closely to their perceptions of classmates' behavior and if, as appears to be the case, many students overestimate the prevalence of problem behaviors on campus, then it might be possible to affect behavior with interventions targeted on changing beliefs (Barnett, Far, Mauss, & Miller, 1996). Many studies of drug and sex-related problem behaviors concentrate on the middle and high school periods and examine family influences such as parental monitoring and parental drinking (Reifman A, Barnes GM, Dintcheff BA, Farrell MP, Uhteg L). Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University found that 65 percent of baby boomer parents who had used marijuana regularly expected their own children to use it, compared with only 29 percent of baby boomer parents who never used marijuana. Some parents would like to keep the lines of communication open, talk to their
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