Published Online: January 22, 2014
Published in Print: January 22, 2014, as School Climate

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"Student Drug Testing and Positive School Climates: Testing the Relation Between Two School Characteristics and Drug Use Behavior in a Longitudinal Study"

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School-based drug testing doesn't cut the likelihood that students will try marijuana, but students attending schools where they feel respected are less likely to try drugs, finds a new study.

Researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia tracked 361 high school students over a year, finding that school drug testing had no effect on their likelihood of smoking cigarettes or marijuana. However, the study found students who initially reported their school climate as "positive," with clear rules and a respectful environment, were 20 percent less likely to smoke marijuana and 15 percent less likely to smoke cigarettes. The research was published in the January issue of The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Vol. 33, Issue 18, Page 5

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