Illicit prescription stimulant use by college students has been a rapidly growing
problem across college campuses throughout the United States in the past decade.
Students are abusing drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin at an alarming rate for
academic improvement, recreational use and in some cases as a dieting agent. Past
research has focused largely on the amount of students abusing these drugs and has
neglected using criminological theory to determine what type of student uses these
prescription stimulants and why they began using. To address this gap in literature,
this researched examined survey data from a Midwestern university in Minnesota. It
was found that variables from both social learning theory and social control theory
predicted the illicit use of stimulants. School importance was not found to be a key
predictor in stimulant use. These results are valuable in understanding illicit
prescription stimulant use and demonstrate the need for further research using criminological theory.
University of Minnesota M.A. thesis. October 2010. Major: Criminology. Advisors: Dr. Jeffrey Maahs, Dr. Robert Weidner. 1 computer file (PDF); v, 51 pages, appendix A.
Smith, Ryan Bernard.
Prescribing the problem: a multi-theoretical approach to predicting illicit stimulant use at the University of Minnesota-Duluth..
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