Date of Award
University or Center
Atlanta University (AU)
School of Social Work
Dr. Janice Vaughn
Purpose of the Study
The purpose of this study was to examine drug usage among students at Asheville High School.
Methods and Procedures
A questionnaire was issued for this project. The students were asked to respond to "yes" or "no" items, check all that apply, or fill in the blank.
This survey was issued to a sample of sixty (60) high school students on March 27, 1987. These students were sophomores, juniors and seniors from two Social Studies classes. The analysis of data examined the frequency and percentage of replies to each question.
The responses from the questionnaire indicate that peers have a greater influence on the adolescent's decision to use drugs. The answers from the questionnaire indicate that a majority of students consider alcohol as their drug of choice. Alcohol was considered as the drug of choice by peers and parents also. Marijuana was also considered a drug of choice by many students. Alcohol use was very high among female students.
Based on the total responses to the items listed in the questionnaire, the writer has concluded that there is a large percentage of students that abuse drugs at Asheville High School. These students prefer alcohol and marijuana over cocaine. The replies from the data indicate that peers have a greater influence on the adolescent's decision to use drugs.
Sherrill, Alex Keith, "A survey of alcohol, cocaine, marijuana use among sophomores, juniors and seniors in Asheville, N.C." (1987). ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. 3120.