Examining college students' use, perception, and knowledge of marijuana and marijuana laws

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dc.contributor Paschal, Angelia M.
dc.contributor Gordon, Brian
dc.contributor Leeper, James D.
dc.contributor.advisor Birch, David A.
dc.contributor.advisor Usdan, Stuart L.
dc.contributor.author Burroughs, Meghan Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-16T15:03:51Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-16T15:03:51Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003433
dc.identifier.other Burroughs_alatus_0004D_13947
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6490
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Marijuana is a highly utilized drug on college campuses that has a variety of adverse health effects. Since the 1970s, state marijuana laws have been consistently evolving throughout the United States, increasing accessibility and normalizing marijuana use, especially among college students. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the association that state marijuana laws have had on undergraduate students at one university in a southeastern state that only has a limited medical marijuana law, specifically in terms of use, perceptions of risk, diversion of marijuana, and marijuana law knowledge. The Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) was the theoretical framework for this study. A quantitative, cross-sectional design was utilized through the administration of paper and pen surveys from a convenience sample of 391 undergraduate students. No significant relationships were found between the type of marijuana law from students’ state of permanent residence and college student marijuana use, perceptions of risk, or diversion of marijuana. Additionally, no significant relationships were found between marijuana law knowledge and student marijuana use in the state of Alabama during the past 12 months or 30 days. Individually, all TPB constructs were significant in predicting behavioral intention to use marijuana in the state of Alabama in the next 12 months. However, only subjective norms (β = .189, p < .05) and attitudes (β = .406, p < .001) were significant in predicting behavioral intention to use marijuana in the state of Alabama in the next 30 days. When examining all constructs together, only attitude was a significant predictor of intention to use marijuana in the next 12 months (β = .484, p < .001) and in the next 30 days (β = .392, p < .001) in the state of Alabama. Although the results of this study did not find much significance between the variables, students did report high levels of marijuana use, low perceptions of risk, and endorsed several diversion behaviors within a state with a limited medical marijuana law. Public health education researchers and practitioners should continue to explore the influence of marijuana laws and marijuana use in college students.
dc.format.extent 169 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Health education
dc.title Examining college students' use, perception, and knowledge of marijuana and marijuana laws
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Health Science
etdms.degree.discipline Health Education/Promotion
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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