Author

Unal

Date of Award

12-1997

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. Subhash Sonnad

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Van Valey

Third Advisor

Dr. David Hartmann

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Drug use is a serious problem affecting the American adolescents today. The focus of this study was the relationship between the elements of social bond and drug use among female high school senior students. The elements of social bond were peer pressure, commitment to school, and the importance of religious belief. Drugs investigated in this study were cigarette, alcohol and marijuana. This study included the total population of female senior students during the 1994-95 academic year in Michigan who participated in the Michigan Alcohol and'Other Drugs School Survey (MAOD).

In order to test the relationship between the elements of social bond and drug use, Chi square, gamma and regression analysis were used in this study. The findings revealed that more factors other than the elements of social bond needed to be investigated to get a complete picture of drug use.

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