Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Social Learning Theoretical Framework Policy Implications for the Drug Abuse Resistance Program (D.A.R.E.)
by Rost, Kady, M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016, 56; 10163280
Abstract (Summary)

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program is historically and currently the most federally funded adolescent drug prevention program across the nation. Although federally backed, D.A.R.E. has been subjected to negative research findings. In this study, it is proposed that peer mentors and cultural diversity should be used as strategies to prevent adolescent drug use, specifically adolescent marijuana use, in conjunction with D.A.R.E. Through a social learning theoretical framework, adolescent drug prevention curriculums such as D.A.R.E.’s could improve conversation on drug prevention amongst our youth. I plan on examining the effectiveness of D.A.R.E. on adolescent marijuana use through self-reported marijuana use using Monitoring For the Future (2014) survey.

SPSS statistical analysis program was used to run a bivariate zero-order correlation matrix and ordinal regression models to test the ability of social learning theory to explain adolescent marijuana use. Secondary data from the national Monitoring For the Future (2014) survey was given to 8th and 10th graders across the US. Students were surveyed on questions indicating risk behavior levels, drug use, importance of school, future plans, etc. In this particular study, I chose to examine whether or not a student has or has not ever used marijuana in relation to the perception of their peers’ use. My hypothesis is that the more an adolescent spends time with their friends, the more likely they are to report their own marijuana use. Bivariate results using zero-order correlation matrix indicated that spending free time with friends is the most significant factor influencing adolescents using marijuana. Dimensions of social learning theory had significant relationships with adolescents self-reported marijuana use; therefore, the D.A.R.E. program and other adolescent drug prevention programs should include peer mentor and culturally diverse program curriculums.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stearns, Ami
Commitee: Khey, David, Kles, Miranda
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Criminal Justice
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social research, Public Health Education, Public policy
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Publication Number: 10163280
ISBN: 9781369179729
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