Results from Fall 2017 Teen Maze Survey Coosa Fairgrounds
Table 1: Characteristics of 9th Grade Students Who Completed the Questionnaire
Demographic Characteristics (total participants = 399)
Male 44.8% (179) Female 53.8% (215) Other .8% (3)
Race & Ethnicity
Black – 18.3% (65)
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander – .6% (2)
White – 67.6% (240)
American Indian – 1.1% (4)
Mixed Race – 9.9% (35)
Asian – 2.5% (9)
Hispanic/Latino – 20.8% (80)
Age 14.5 years is the average age of survey participants
Student Rating of the Teen Maze Experience
Students were asked to rate their overall view of the Teen Maze, answering 4 questions about how seriously they though their peers approached the experience, whether they thought it would make a difference, etc.
The measures were tabulated to create an Index of Attitudes Toward the Teen Maze. On this index, the lowest possible rating (indicting a negative view) was a 4, and the highest possible rating was a 20 (highly positive view).
All students combined, the average rating was a 14.5 on this index (4-20). For Rome City ninth grade students, the average rating was 14.8. The average rating provided by ninth grade Floyd County Students was 14.4.
Table 2: Core Measures and Other Outcomes of Interest
Ninth grade students at the Teen Maze were asked to “agree” or “disagree” with a series of statement in terms of who they described their best friends. The results below provide average scores per statement and by subgroup. These average scores are derived from the 5-point rating of each statement, where a score of “1” means “disagree completely,” 2 means “disagree,” 3 means “neutral,” 4 means “agree,” and 5 means “agree completely.”
Interpretation of the above values. On a scale ranging from 1 to 5, where 1 is disagree completely and 5 is agree completely, the average score reported was a 1.66 when 9th graders were asked if they think their friends “approve of drinking at my age.” Thus, most disagree with the statement: My friends approve of drinking at my age.
Likewise, on a scale ranging from 1 to 5, where 1 is disagree completely and 5 is agree completely, the average score reported was a 1.59 when 9th graders were asked if they think their friends “approve of using marijuana at my age.” Thus, most disagree with the statement: My friends approve of using marijuana at my age.
*means that the comparisons (e.g., Rome City students v. Floyd County students, Hispanic v. non-Hispanic) are statistically significant.
Participation in the survey was voluntary, and no personally identifying information was collected.