1Drug use by AdolescentsBy Jessica TurnerSouthern New Hampshire University
DRUG USE BY ADOLESCENTS1Drugs use is becoming so common among youths and adults. Many people are misusing drugs for non-medical reasons. Current research conducted by Bridgid M. Conn and Amy K. Marks has reinforced the element that ethnicity plays a major part in the use of nonmedical use of prescription drugs. “Influences of motivational contexts on prescription drug misuse and related drug problems”, is an article by Brian C, Kelly, Ph.D., H. Jonathon Rendina, Ph. D, Mike Vuolo, Ph. D, Brooke E. Wells, Ph. D, and Jeffrey T. Parsons, Ph. D, where they conducted an experiment in order to recognize the motivational factors behind young adults use of prescription drugs. According to their studies there are many factors that lead to drug use by young adults. These factors that that lead to drug misuse are what draw the young adults to use drugs. These include staying up to study for a test, relaxing, or just trying to get away from their “pain”. “The growth of an individual’s drug use trajectory over time is associated with the motivation of using drugs to have pleasant times with others.”, (Palamer,Mukherjee,Halkitis,2008)The hypothesis statement is that motivational factors impact misuse of drugs. The study examined how the motivational factors influenced the young adults and how often they were influenced by these factors. The stronger the influence and the more frequent the motivational factor was in the young adult’s life the more often they misused drugs. The motivational factors involved in the study would be the dependent variable and the independent variable would be themisuse of drugs. Per (Kelly et al., 2015), In 2012, over 4.7 million American young adults reported the misuse of prescription drugs during the past year (SAMHSA, 2013).
DRUG USE BY ADOLESCENTS1The group for people that were selected for this experiment was done by time-space sampling. Per Kelly et al., 2015, “Time-space sampling was originally developed to capture hard-to-reach populations but is also constructive for generating samples of venue-based populations.”The time-space sampling was conducted by observing the times and days the people went to a certain venue. They did not have enough people from the club, so they put ads online. If the person was interested, they could click on the ad for more information. In order to qualify for being part of the sample was the participants must be “between the ages of 18-29, they must have misused