Date of Award

Summer 1999

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Edward Eule

Committee Member

Randy Gainey

Committee Member

H. Taylor Greene

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 N37


Research on substance use and abuse has increased exponentially over the past twenty-five years. However, research focusing on regional differences in drug use seems to be very limited. The purpose of this study is to examine the correlates of drug use among juveniles in the four major geographic regions of the United States: the Northeast, the North Central, the South and the West. Here, drug use is defined in terms of alcohol and marijuana use for the age group 12-19. Four research hypotheses are proposed. The 1996 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse data was used to assess and analyze the drug taking habits of adolescents.

The results indicate that race/ethnicity and drug use vary by region and the same result was also observed with regard to gender. Examining the family income variable, the study found alcohol use does vary by region, but not with regard to marijuana use. The final variable, school enrollment, shows no variation with regard to region and drug use.


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