Does Peer Influence Have an Effect on First Time Drug Use?
My research question is; does peer influence have an effect on first time drug use? To do my research I created a survey that would determine if peer pressure had an effect on first time drug use. I have always been curious about people who are addicted to various drugs. Everyone just sees a junky, or an alcoholic, I want to know why. Why they chose to try it in the first place. In my paper I will be focusing on college students. I asked 10 females and 10 males to fill out my survey. I asked them their age, if they had ever tried drugs, what kind of drugs, why they had tried drugs for the first time, and if they continued to use drugs after their first time.
My major findings were that the respondents said that they had primarily tried drugs out of curiosity. Introduction:
The purpose of my study is to determine whether or not peer influence has an effect on first time drug use. The reason I have chosen this is to determine if in fact it is the friends they are hanging out with or if it is their own curiosity. I have always been curious about people who are addicted to various drugs. Everyone just sees a junky, or an alcoholic, I want to know why. Why they chose to try it in the first place. In my paper I will be focusing on college students. Giving them a survey with various questions concerning why they tried the drug, what kinds of drugs they have used, if they tried it more than once and if they encouraged others to try drugs .
In all three articles that I have reviewed they had the same hypothesis as I did; that cause of first time drug use is peer influence. But in all studies it wasn’t proven completely right. Yes it is a factor but most young people use drugs out of curiosity, or just plain old boredom.
In my study I will be using a quantitative technique to gather information, and using the cross sectional research approach. The independent variable in my study is peer influence and the dependent variable first time drug use.
In the three articles they used a variety of methods to gather their information. They used quantitative techniques to get their initial information and then used qualitative techniques to further investigate. I really liked how they used one on one interviews to get their answers. All the kids seemed fine with giving the researchers the answers they were looking for. It almost seems that drug use now a days isn’t something kids feel the need to hide, or at least with people they don’t know. In the articles have found that most kids say that it is curiosity that has provoked them in trying drugs, but what researchers are trying to find is it really their own choice or is it peer influence? Would first time drug use happen if they didn’t hang out with kids who do drugs? Or would they try it if other friends didn’t put the idea in their heads? In the articles that I have studied most kids said that they had the choice to say no. But in my opinion if it wasn’t looking at them straight in the face they wouldn’t be curious to try them. Initial drug use has lots to do with what kinds of people these young people are hanging out with. I have not seen any specific questions regarding these things in any of the studies.
None of the studies contradict themselves; they have left very little room to argue their findings. The only question I have is that maybe they should have further studied the young kids that did not try drugs, and why this was. Did they have the same friends as other people who have tried drugs? They didn’t examine why other kids don’t try using drugs at an early age. Maybe it isn’t so much peer pressure as it is peer influence.
My hypothesis is that peer influence is the main reason of first time drug use. I think this because if a person was not exposed to drugs in the first place they would not have tried it.
To do my research I created a survey that would determine why...
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