Substance abuse and dependency risk: The role of peer perceptions, marijuana involvement, and attitudes toward substance use among college students

Todd F. Lewis, Allen Keith Mobley

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Many college students are using substances at levels consistent with Substance Abuse or Dependence, yet little explanation for this phenomenon exits. The aim of this study was to explore a risk factor profile that best separates those with low and high potential for having a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). A discriminant function analysis revealed that participants with a high probability of having a SUD misperceive others' alcohol and marijuana use to a greater extent than those with a low probability of having a SUD. Implications for educators and counselors on college campuses are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-314
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Drug Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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