Developing a Scale of Social and Family Support for Discriminating Patterns of Drug Use among Secondary Students.

Year: 1986

Author: Crundall, Ian A.

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The recent survey of drug use in Victorian postprimary schools presented several questions relating to the social and family support networks utilised by students. An initial index of support was generated for each individual by assigning each of his or her responses a weighted value, reflecting how often it was nominated by the sample, and then summing these values.

Using a rank-order method, these indices were then used to construct an interval scale of support. This scale discriminated between the users and non-users of various drugs at different Year levels. Implications arise about schools providing some surrogate support systems.