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Abusing today, destroying their tomorrow: A look at the misuse of prescription drugs by college students
by Goetze-Stover, Christine M., M.S.N., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 85; 1493122
Abstract (Summary)

This study was conducted to determine students' self-efficacy level and their drug avoidance ability in specific situations. Many studies have been performed looking at prevalence rate and the reasons behind the increase in prescription drug use by younger generations. No studies have been performed to evaluate whether bolstering a student's level of self-efficacy would help in avoiding drug use.

Seventy randomly selected students were surveyed, and all situational areas to avoid drugs were found to be significant, except boredom. The belief that these drugs are safer, not illegal, and easily accessible is exacerbating the rates of abuse. Health care providers should develop procedures to limit the amount of medication and number of refills given to their patients. Prevention campaigns should target groups at risk for substance abuse and focus on improving family bonds and peer resistance skills. Improving students' self-efficacy in situation-specific instances will respond to this growing concern.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kumrow, David E.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing
Publication Number: 1493122
ISBN: 978-1-124-62283-5
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