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Volume 5, Issue 2 (1976)

Personality, Motivation, and Adolescent Drug Use Patterns

pp. 17—23

Much of our information regarding the psychological profile of drug users has emerged from survey research, largely because of ethical and practical constraints encountered in conducting large-scale controlled laboratory studies. A commonly made assumption in survey research is that anonymity guarantees the subjects’ cooperation and therefore the validity of their responses. More realistically, we hope that whatever distortion takes place is random, inflating error estimates in our statistical tests perhaps but not systematically influencing the data or appreciably altering our conclusions.

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