Substance Abuse in Adolescents
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Psychology 242, Section 01
January 24, 20
The purpose of this investigation was to find out how individuals felt about substance abuse and how it affects their everyday life. It was expected that males and females would respond differently to substance abuse and that males would agree more about abusing substances than females. Thirty participants [17 females and 13 males] from both a local Historically Black University and from participants not in school completed a 29-item survey on opinions of pastime activities. The surveys were completed wherever the interviewee decided to take the survey and required approximately twenty minutes for completion. Overall, men and women did not differ significantly on the types of activities that they chose for pleasure (p > .05). However, there was one incidence in which females and males responded significantly differently to the survey. That is, when asked if they thought that males or females were more likely to use substances. (p < .05). Considering that the alternative hypothesis was not supported overall, it was concluded that males and females indeed feel almost the same way about substance abuse. However, based on the one significant finding, there is evidence from this sample that males and females have different opinions on what they think the other sex believes in.
My group and I decided to write our paper about substance abuse. Substance abuse is a patterned use of a substance in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods which are harmful to themselves or others To me, substance abuse means using or doing too much of any drug. I feel as though one cigarette in your life isn’t substance abuse, but when it becomes an everyday addiction it becomes substance abuse. Substance abuse, not only on college...