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Genevieve Verdi

By Lisa L. Weyandt, Grace Janusis, Kimberly G. Wilson, Gregory Paquin, Justin Lopes, Michael Varejao and Crystal Dussault

Abstract

Objective: To further investigate use and potential misuse of prescription stimulants (e.g., Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta) among a sample of college students and to explore the relationship between psychological variables and nonmedical stimulant use. Method: The sample consisted of 390 college students (71.6 % female, 28.4 % male). Participants were asked to complete five questionnaires concerning demographic information, prescription stimulant use, internal restlessness, sen-sation seeking, and psychological distress. Results: The study findings revealed that, regarding nonprescribed stimulants, 7.5 % reported use within the past 30 days; 60 % reported knowing students who misused stimulants; and 50 % agreed or strongly agreed that prescription stimulants were “easy to get on this campus. ” Findings further revealed a relationship between stimulant use and degree of psychological distress and internal restlessness. Conclusions: Continued research regarding psychological variables, specific group membership (e.g., fraternity, sorority, athletics), and stimulant acquisition is suggested. Effective prevention and education efforts are needed to help address the nonmedical use of prescription stimulants on college campuses

Topics: prescription stimulant misuse
Year: 2016
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