2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Meth the Study Buddy
Theodore L. Kazanecki
Dr. Anton Daughters and Amber Johnson , Faculty Mentors

The growing presence of study drugs (psychoactive stimulants such as Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta) on college campuses potentially represents a new host of social problems. Study drugs can have decisively negative effects, ranging from heart and liver problems to addiction, and use by students with and without prescriptions raise morality questions all their own. Studies indicate the typical collegiate study drug abuser is an upper-class underachieving college male, some research suggesting a less driven student more prone to abuse of other illicit drugs. The focus of this study was to test previously discovered trends (i.e., who abuses the drugs) and more importantly, to begin to examine why students abuse the drugs. Methods used in research involved surveying 75 Truman State University students perceived level of academic stress, perceived level of risks involved with psychostimulants, and general aversion to their licit and illicit use primarily through questions designed on a Likert scale.

Keywords: Psychostimulants, Stress, Perceptions, Amphetamines, Study

Topic(s):Sociology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 15-4
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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