Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Objective: Determine perceptions, attitudes, and usage of non medical prescription stimulants among students at a Midwestern technology focused university. Participants: 241 university students. Methods: Data was collected in March 2015 through an anonymous web survey. A logistic regression model evaluated predictors. T-test was used to evaluate differences between groups. Results: 9.5% had used prescription stimulants without a valid prescription. Primary motives were academic preparation (78%) and recreation (61%). Nicotine use (OR = 8.99, CI 2.40, 33.77, p < .01), peer's suggestion (OR = 6.95, C12.21, 21.84, p < .01), and positive attitudes toward use (OR = 1.99, CI 1.06, 3.72, p < .05) increased odds of nonmedical use. Users and non-users differed in estimations of nonmedical use within peers (t (239) = 3.17, p < .01) and in their field (t (239) = 3.22, p < .01). Conclusions: Administrators should acknowledge student use and develop strategies to address it.
BF1 .M63 v. 21 no. 2 2016
Karter, Cara M.; Washington, Lorenzo A.; and Ludlam, Anthony J.
"Stimulants for enhancement purposes: perceptions attitudes, usage among university students,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 21:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol21/iss2/6