Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Date of Award

8-2007

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Larry S. Miller

Committee Members

Dennis Hamm, Michael C. Braswell

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze gender, race, substance abuse programs such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), parents, and peers and their ability to influence or predict adolescents and their decisions to use marijuana. All of the variables used for this study came from secondhand data collected by Esbensen and Osgood (1999), Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.). The analysis revealed that males are more likely to have ever used marijuana, that mixed race adolescents have a higher rate than other races to have ever used marijuana, that when adolescents complete the substance abuse program, D.A.R.E. have a lower rate than those who did not complete the program, adolescents are less likely to have ever used marijuana when their parents know where they are, and adolescents are more likely to have ever used marijuana when they have friends who use marijuana.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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