Lawrence County Coalition

Introduced in 1982, the Pride Student Survey for Grades 6-12 has been employed in thousands of schools across the country. Much more than just a substance abuse survey for students, this questionnaire also gathers school climate data (on bullying, harassment, etc.) as well as 50 risk and protective factors items.

The Pride Questionnaire for Grades 6-12 is Pride Surveys’ longest-running and most utilized survey to date, with more than 7.7 million respondents since 1982. Using this student behavior survey, they have been able to track significant longitudinal data and trends, and have released multiple national data sets, allowing customers to compare local data with national data.

The grade 6-12 student survey contains the updated Core Measures required by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the Drug-Free Communities Grant. All data tracks closely to the Monitoring the Future survey data, which reinforces both surveys’ validity and reliability.

Every two years the Lawrence County Coalition provides these surveys to collect data on substance use and abuse in the student population (grades 6-12). The following graphs are a snapshot of our most recent results for students grades 6-12. Sampling size is smaller than total student population size.

Students are asked about their perception of risk of regular use of cigarettes,
alcohol and marijuana and any use of prescription drugs not prescribed to them
with the possible responses being No Risk, Slight Risk, Moderate Risk or Great
Risk. Past analysis of national statistics indicates that as students’ perception
of risk increases, use of substances decreases. It is also typical for the perception
of risk (Moderate Risk or Great Risk) to decrease as a child gets older.

Typically, students perceive a decreasing amount of disapproval from their
friends as they grow older. This is helpful in understanding peer pressure.

Past analysis of national statistics indicates that the majority of students tend
to perceive parents as feeling it is Wrong or Very Wrong for students to use tobacco,
drink alcohol regularly, smoke marijuana and to use prescription drugs
not prescribed to them for all grade levels.