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Social and Organizational Factors Related to Drug Use in the Army. Volume III,

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The purpose of Task I was to identify social and organizational correlates of drug use in the Army. The purpose of Task II was to obtain a characterization of overall drug use patterns in the Army. This report presents the results of the Task I research effort. The criterion variable in Task I was drug use rates among Army TO and E company-size units. These units were selected from a cross-section of TO and E units in CONUS, Korea, and Germany giving a 2 x 3 classification design two levels of drug use and three theaters. Social and organizational variables, such as unit morale, characteristics of the commanding officer, and satisfaction with living conditions, were statistically analyzed to identify significant associations with level of use and theater and for possible interactions with level of use and theater. Socialorganizational variables were identified which differentiated significantly between high and low drug use units and units in three theaters. The interaction analyses indicated that the associations between the socialorganizational variables and the level of drug use were independent of the theater in which the units were located. Socialorganizational profiles were developed contrasting high drug use units with low drug use units and contrasting units in the three geographic areas. The analysis of supplementary data made possible the comparison of individual characteristics such as age, pay grade, hometown size, and social class, with self-reports of drug use.

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  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology

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