Date of Submission

Spring 2012

Academic Program


Project Advisor 1

Michael Donnelly

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This study examines how college students have gathered information about recreational drugs (through school programs, parents, and peers) and their uses to see if it correlates with students’ attitudes and morals towards those drugs. It included surveys asking if students had gone through a drug education program in their schooling, if they had talked to their parents about drugs, and if they had talked to their peers about drugs. It also gave students social vignettes and asked if they think the situations are socially acceptable or not. Finally, it gave statistics about drugs and asked students if they thought any of them were surprising. The results show that most students have received some kind of drug education program (which mostly promoted abstinence-only policies), and most have talked to their parents and peers about drugs before they came to college. Students had looser attitudes than morals towards recreational drugs. In order for students to have congruent attitudes and morals, parents and school administrators should give more harm-reduction talks to their students and children.

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