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RCHSS - Psychological Science

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Amy Buddie

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Illicit substance usage has always formed a substantial controversy in society, with various substances being used for such goals as the relief of stress, the enhancement of attention, and the attainment of peer approval (Agarwal, Loukas, & Perry, 2018; Lui, 2019; Maahs, Weidner, & Smith, 2016). The main focus of this study is on collegiate students’ attitudes towards these drugs and the correlation of said attitudes with substance use. It has been found that college students react more positively to substance abuse treatment programs than their non-student counterparts. (Sahker, Acion, & Arndt, 2015) Therefore, it is essential to the success of these programs that they are equipped with the most accurate data concerning student usage of these drugs. In order to measure college students attitudes, the Drug Attitudes Scale, or DAS, was employed alongside select questions from the Moral Disengagement in Doping scale (Goodstadt, Cook, Magid, & Gruson, 1978; Kavussanu, Hatzigeorgiadis, Elbe, & Ring, 2016). In addition to providing updated data on students attitudes towards these drugs, usage of the modified DAS – coupled with the modified questions from the Moral Disengagement in Doping scale – could provide an updated, modern scale which can be used to measure these attitudes in a variety of contexts.

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Attitudes Towards Recreational Drug Use: A Study of Kennesaw State University Students

Illicit substance usage has always formed a substantial controversy in society, with various substances being used for such goals as the relief of stress, the enhancement of attention, and the attainment of peer approval (Agarwal, Loukas, & Perry, 2018; Lui, 2019; Maahs, Weidner, & Smith, 2016). The main focus of this study is on collegiate students’ attitudes towards these drugs and the correlation of said attitudes with substance use. It has been found that college students react more positively to substance abuse treatment programs than their non-student counterparts. (Sahker, Acion, & Arndt, 2015) Therefore, it is essential to the success of these programs that they are equipped with the most accurate data concerning student usage of these drugs. In order to measure college students attitudes, the Drug Attitudes Scale, or DAS, was employed alongside select questions from the Moral Disengagement in Doping scale (Goodstadt, Cook, Magid, & Gruson, 1978; Kavussanu, Hatzigeorgiadis, Elbe, & Ring, 2016). In addition to providing updated data on students attitudes towards these drugs, usage of the modified DAS – coupled with the modified questions from the Moral Disengagement in Doping scale – could provide an updated, modern scale which can be used to measure these attitudes in a variety of contexts.