TITLE

Cross-Cultural Study of People's Perceptions of Marijuana Users

AUTHOR(S)
Jones, Seth; Claster, Samuel
PUB. DATE
October 2003
SOURCE
Sociological Viewpoints;Fall2003, Vol. 19, p37
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The intention of this research project was to evaluate the perceptions that college students hold for marijuana smokers in two different cultures; one culture with decriminalized laws regarding marijuana use, and one culture with criminalized laws regarding marijuana use. The present experiment had 395 participants from the U.S. and the Netherlands complete a short survey. The participants were given a picture of a college-aged male who was either holding what would appear to be a marijuana cigarette or was empty-handed. Participants then circled attribute words from a word list that they felt could describe the person pictured. The words were of either positive or negative connotations. The results of the study showed that participants from the U.S. gave significantly lower overall ratings for the picture in the marijuana condition than the participants from the Netherlands.
ACCESSION #
12008716

 

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