Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 335–347 | Cite as

Indicators of rural youth drug use

  • Paul D. Sarvela
  • E. J. McClendon


The relationships between personal substance use, health beliefs, peer use, sex, and religion were examined using data collected from 265 middle school students in rural northern Michigan and northeastern Wisconsin in January and February 1984. A positive correlation between peer and personal drug use was established. A relationship was also found between health beliefs and personal substance use. In addition, a regression model was able to account for a statistically significant amount of the variance of alcohol, marihuana, and cigarette use in the target population. Recommendations are made concerning future research, methods of improving health education program development, and possible target areas for psychotherapy.


Alcohol Regression Model Education Program Health Psychology Program Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul D. Sarvela
    • 1
  • E. J. McClendon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Health Education, College of EducationSouthern Illinois UniversityCarbondale
  2. 2.Program in Health Education, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Education and School of Public HealthThe University of MichiganAnn Arbor

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