The Decline of Substance Use in Young Adulthood: Changes in Social Activities, Roles, and Beliefs

By Jerald G. Bachman; Patrick M. O'Malley et al. | Go to book overview
Save to active project

5
Time Spent on Various Social
and Recreational Activities

Nearly all high school seniors report that typically they “go out for fun and recreation” at least one evening per week, most report doing so two or three evenings, and nearly a quarter go out more often. Going out provides the opportunity to do things with friends, often away from the supervision of parents. For some young people these evenings away from home provide the chance to initiate (and continue) cigarette use. For many more young people, evenings away from home sometimes include consumption of alcohol. And for some individuals, the evenings out provide opportunities for using marijuana, cocaine, or other illicit drugs.

Given that evenings out provide such opportunities for substance use, it is not surprising to find that high school students who spend the most evenings out for fun and recreation are also the most likely to smoke, drink, and use illicit drugs. Indeed, evenings out and substance use are so closely related as to make causal interpretation quite complicated. On one hand, for most high school students being out of the home is a necessary, or at least highly facilitating, condition for substance use. On the other hand, the desire to smoke, drink, or do drugs may be an important reason why some young people choose to spend frequent evenings out “for fun and recreation.

In this chapter we explore evenings out for fun and recreation, as well as a number of related activities such as going out on dates, attending parties or other social affairs, visiting bars (or taverns or nightclubs), and getting to

-71-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Decline of Substance Use in Young Adulthood: Changes in Social Activities, Roles, and Beliefs
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 307

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?