Students Report Risky Behaviors
|March 30, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Drug and Alcohol, Education, Research, Youth Development||
Results from the 2009 Pennsylvania Youth Survey, a statewide report based on a representative sample of public school students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12, indicate that students as young as age 12 deal with issues of verbal and physical harassment, gambling and the lure of alcohol and other illegal substances. The survey, carried out by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), measures knowledge of and participation in risky behaviors including drug and alcohol use.
Findings from the 2009 study include:
- Nearly 80 percent (79.8) of students indicated that it was “wrong” or “very wrong” to use marijuana.
- 77.3 percent felt that the use of cigarettes was not correct behavior, while over 94 percent (94.3) felt the same way about illegal drug use (LSD, cocaine, etc).
- Alcohol was the illegal substance used most often by students in grades 8, 10 and 12. Just under half of the respondents (49.3 percent) reported using it at least once, and 25.5 percent reported using it in the past 30 days.
- Over half of the students reported experiencing non-physical bullying such as being the victim of false rumors and/or lies (51.4 percent), and 43 percent claimed they had been called names or teased by peers at school.
- Over 18 percent of students reported being threatened with physical violence on a school campus.
Read the complete statewide summary report at PCCD’s website for a timely (and telling) snapshot of youth attitudes and behavior.