Local Data and Drug Updates

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)

Sex

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.”

Results from Teen Maze Survey

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.

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