Accession Number:

AD0735102

Title:

The Relationship between Past Background and Drug Use,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1971-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

The purpose of the present study was to determine whether social-history variables discriminate among no-drug, marijuana, amphetamine, LSD, and heroin users. A questionnaire with items on specific drug use, family background, school and military history was anonymously administered to 1508 Navy enlisted men. Approximately 13.6 per cent refused to fill out the form. There were significant differences among the groups. Although little difference between the no-drug and marijuana groups was observed, in general there was a progression from the no-drug to the marijuana, amphetamine, LSD, and heroin groups in terms of family difficulties, trouble in school, and disciplinary action in the Navy. The vast majority of the marijuana group had not taken other drugs, whereas the majority of the other drug groups had taken marijuana. Multiple correlations of .47 and .68 using no drug and heroin use as the criteria suggest that prediction for these groups is possible. Multiple correlations ranging from .23 to .29 for the marijuana, amphetamine, and LSD groups make prediction of such drug use virtually impossible. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE