Date of Award

Summer 7-1-1989

Document Type

Master's Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. David Hollingsworth

Second Advisor

Dr. H. L. Bradley


Adolescent drug use in the community is widespread social problem. The excessive use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs by our nation's youth has not created a dilemma with no clear-cut reasons or cures for adolescent substance abuse. Alcohol and other drug abuse has the most serious impact on developing children and youth. Initiating drug use at an early age can have far reaching physical, psychosocial, and developmental consequences. This paper gives a general overview of adolescent substance abuse. It examines adolescent substance abuse from a developmental perspective. It discusses various influences upon adolescent substance abuse, as well as the consequences associated drug use. Possible recommendations are given to help educate and protect our youth from the danger of becoming substance abusers.