Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs (Friend)


Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs (Friend) is a 57-item instrument based on measures used in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (NLSY97). Beginning in grade 7 and thereafter the use of tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff), alcohol (beer, wine, wine coolers and liquor) and illegal drugs (marijuana, cocaine, crack, inhalants, heroin, LSD, PCP, ecstasy, mushrooms, speed and other pills not prescribed by a physician) are assessed.

Abstract

The Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs (Friend) survey are responses reported by a friend of the Fast Track target child. This survey is a 57-item instrument based on measures used in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. This measure was first added to the Fast Track Protocol in study year 8. This measure assesses tobacco, alcohol and illegal drug use. Report of use of legal and illegal drugs prompts further questions about frequency of use and type of substances used. The response options vary based on the type of question asked (e.g., yes-no and open-ended responses).

Tables 1 and 2 display frequencies for dichotomous items and means and standard deviations for each of the selected continuous items. The user is encouraged to test association and differences in means, respectively. For some items there is significant association (not shown). For some continuous variables there are significant differences in means (not shown).

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: FxC
Scored Dataset Name: FTAySCc

Keywords

Smoking, Cigarettes, Alcohol Use, Substance Abuse, Drinking, Marijuana, Cocaine, Inhalants, Illegal Drugs, Intravenous Drug Use.