Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

4888

Date

2017

Date of Award

4-19-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Criminology and Criminal Jus

Committee Chair

James McCutcheon

Committee Member

Bert Burraston

Committee Member

Stephen Watts

Abstract

The rate of prescription stimulant misuse ranges from 5% to 35% in the college enviornment (Wilens, Adler, Adams, Sgambati, Rotrosen, & Sawtelle, 2008). The purpose of this study is to examine the characteristics of prescription stimulant misusers. This study seeks to understand the relationship between race, gender, grade point average, class status, social Greek membership, and peer use in relation to prescription stimulant misuse. First, white would be more likely to misuse. Second, being in a social Greek organization will increase misuse. Third, those who are in social Greek organizations will be more likely to recieve these medications from friends. From the sample (n=344), 29.4% had misused at least once within their lifetime. Through logistic regression, characteristics of those who have misused are analyzed. It was noted that peer use is the most significant predictor in regards to individuals misusing, despite being in a social Greek organization.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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