Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Robert A. Fox


The relation between adolescent alcohol or illicit drug use, personality characteristics and academic success has been frequently examined. The importance of education has never been greater due to the increase in technical jobs and the decrease in employment or advancement opportunities for unskilled labor. Adolescent drug and alcohol use has always been a concern to parents, teachers, and society as a whole. This study was designed to investigate whether a relation exists between adolescents' levels of academic achievement and aspirations and their amount of experience with drugs and alcohol. One hundred ninety adolescents and their parents reported academic achievement and aspirations and level of drug and alcohol use. Among the adolescents, there is a correlation between various types of drug and alcohol use and the adolescent's school grades. Correlations also were found between drug use and educational aspirations. Students who expect to drop out before graduating high school are more likely to use some substances than those who aspire to graduate and continue their education.