Open Access Graduate Research Paper
The rates of use of illegal drugs by youth in the United States is higher than in any other industrialized country in the world (Suffia, 1986). In a recent survey (Johnston & O'Malley, 1986) 1,600 high school seniors reported that: 5% used marijuana daily, 17% had tried cocaine (the highest rate ever recorded), 20% had used amphetamines sometime in their lifetimes. Ninety-three percent of all high school seniors surveyed had tried alcohol while 73% reported drinking heavily within two weeks prior to the survey. Although, except for cocaine use, these figures are lower than for previous years, trends, such as earlier age of initiation and an increase in multiple drug usage, add to the concern about drug abuse among adolescents (Kandel, 1981; Clayton & Ritter, 1985; Johnston & O'Malley, 1986).
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Educational Administration and Counseling
Audrey L. Smith
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©1986 Martha Jill Windahl
Windahl, Martha Jill, "The relationship between self esteem and substance abuse in adolescents" (1986). Graduate Research Papers. 3543.