Non-medical use of prescription stimulants for academic purposes among college students: A test of social learning theory
Abbreviated Journal Title
Drug Alcohol Depend.
College; Prescription stimulants; Social learning; ILLICIT USE; DRUG-USE; MEDICATIONS; ADOLESCENTS; PREVALENCE; DIVERSION; DRINKING; MOTIVES; Substance Abuse; Psychiatry
Objective: The current research examines whether measures associated with Akers' social learning theory are related to non-medical use of prescription stimulants for academic reasons among college students. Methods: We examine data from a sample of 549 undergraduate students at one public university in the Southeastern United States. We estimate several logistic regression models to test our hypotheses. Results: The findings indicated that roughly 17% of students reported non-medical use of prescription stimulants for academic reasons during the past year. In separate models, all four of the social learning measures were significantly correlated to non-medical use. In the complete model, the risk of non-medical prescription stimulant use for academic reasons was increased for respondents who reported more of their friends used and also for respondents who believed that prescription stimulants were an effective study aid. Conclusions: The current research fills an important gap in the literature regarding theoretical explanations for non-medical prescription stimulant use. Given the high prevalence of non-medical prescription stimulant use and the known risks associated with non-medical use this research can help inform intervention strategies for college populations. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence
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