Degree Granting Department
Psychological and Social Foundations
Kathy Bradley-Klug, Ph.D.
Rance Harbor, Ph.D.
Robert Dedrick, Ph.D.
alcohol use, drug use, athletic participation, adolescence, athletes
Substance use among high school students has become an increased concern for administrators, parents, and community members. Previous research has demonstrated relationships between adolescent substance use and numerous negative outcomes. This study investigated the relationship between athletic participation and substance use using self-report data from a sample of 139 high school students. Specifically, the current study examined the relationship between frequency and setting of participation in athletic activities (e.g., football, baseball, soccer) and multiple types of substance use (e.g., alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, other illicit drugs) in adolescents. The results of this study indicate that nonathletes reported significantly more marijuana use than athletes when gender, ethnicity, SES, and grade were controlled for in the analyses. Additionally, there was a significant relationship between students‟ grade and substance use. Specifically, 12
th grade students reported significantly higher rates of alcohol use than 10th grade students. Implications for school psychologists and directions for future research are presented.
Scholar Commons Citation
Stockslager, Kevin M., "Relationships Between Participation in Athletics and Substance Use Among School Students" (2009). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.