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Topics: Stockton, California, Informed consent, Psychology Pages: 7 (619 words) Published: April 24, 2014


A Comparison Between Gender and Opinion on the Use of Marijuana as a Source of Relaxation
Christina A. Lankford
San Joaquin Delta College

Author Note
Christina A. Lankford, Department of Psychology, San Joaquin Delta College. Correspondence on this article should be sent to Christina A. Lankford, Department of Psychology, 5151 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA, 95207 E-mail: christinalnkford@yahoo.co

Abstract
The study used community college students to make a comparison between gender and opinion on the use of marijuana as a source of relaxation. Results indicated that there was no significant relationship between gender and opinion on the use of marijuana as source of relaxation.

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A Comparison Between Gender and Opinion on the Use of Marijuana as a Source of Relaxation
The study compared the opinion of men and women on the use of marijuana as a source of relaxation. It was hypothesized that the men would rate the use of marijuana as a source of relaxation significantly higher than the women would. Method

Participants
The participants were 24 males and 24 females from San Joaquin Delta College (SJDC, Stockton, CA). The men ranged in age from 18-24 years, had a mean age of 19.22 years, and consisted of 9 Hispanics, 8 Asians, and 7 African Americans. The women ranged in age from 18-26 years, had a mean age of 21.33 years, and consisted of 10 African Americans, 9 Hispanics, and 5 Asians. The participants were treated in accordance with the “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct” American Psychological Association, 1992).

Materials
A 3-item survey was used. Demographic items asked for gender, age. The target question was “On a ratio scale from 1-10, how would you rate the use of marijuana as a source of relaxation?” An informed consent form and a debriefing statement were also used.

Procedure
A 21 year old female African American Undergraduate Psychology major at SJDC serves as the researcher. Participants were recruited via announcements made in lunch area. The interested students reported to a room on campus on a given day and time and were then assessed in a group format. The researcher announced to the students that they could withdraw from the study at any time without penalty. Each student was given the informed consent form to read and sign and the students were given an opportunity to ask questions prior to signing. Once each student signed and returned the informed consent form, that student was given an unsigned copy of the informed consent form to keep. The survey was then distributed and the students were instructed to try to answer all items on survey and to turn survey face down when finished. Once the survey was completed by all of the participants, the survey was collected by the researcher. The participants were then given the debriefing statement to review and keep and all questions about the study were answered. Results

The mean of the groups that rated the use of marijuana as a source of relaxation presented in Table 1. The data in Table 1 is evaluated with a t test. The results of the t test revealed that there was no significant relationship between gender and opinion on the use of marijuana as a source of relaxation.

Discussion
The study results didn’t support the hypothesis, that the men would rate the use of marijuana as a source of relaxation significantly higher than the women would. The majority of the men rated higher overall than the women but that difference only happened by chance.

References
American Physiological Association. (1992). Ethical Principles of Psychologists and code of conduct. Vol. 47, pages 1597-1611. American Psychologist.

Table 1
Rating of Men and Women on The use of Marijuana as a Source of Relaxation...


References: American Physiological Association. (1992). Ethical Principles of Psychologists and code of conduct. Vol. 47, pages 1597-1611. American Psychologist.
Table 1
Rating of Men and Women on The use of Marijuana as a Source of Relaxation
Mean
Men 6 .16
Women 3.70
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