Dean’s Research Day 2016

We are very proud to have two of our Research Assistants from Pathways4youth representing the lab at the University of Michigan’s School of Nursing Dean’s Research Day on April 5, 2016! This year’s Dean’s Research Day is part of a Global Health Symposium on “Celebrating 125 Years of Research and Impact”.

Corinne is presenting a poster titled “Variations in Adolescent Purposes and Their Association with Frequency of Alcohol and/or Marijuana Use”. Her research is focused on the associations different types of adolescent purpose (duty, service, hedonism, success, and innovation) have with the frequency of use of theses substances (zero lifetime use, experimental use or frequent use). Analysis found that youth who reported more frequent alcohol use reported lower levels of success-oriented purpose compared to those who never used alcohol and lower service- oriented purpose compared to those who never used alcohol or reported experimental use. Youth who reported frequent marijuana use reported higher hedonism-oriented purpose compared to those who never used marijuana and lower service-oriented purpose compared to those who never used or reported experimental use. There are very exciting implications for this research, including the limited differentiation between experimental and non-substance users and the importance distinct purposes have in adolescent substance use and risk behavior.

Kathryn is presenting a poster titled, “The Relationship between Purpose, Perceived Norms, and Alcohol and Marijuana Use in High School Adolescents”. Her research looks at the frequency of lifetime alcohol and marijuana use in a sample of adolescents, and how frequency was associated with different categories of purpose over and above Reasoned Action Approach (RAA) constructs. Positive expectancies related to use were associated with higher lifetime use, and intentions to avoid use were associated with less lifetime use, which is in line with Reasoned Action Approach theory. No type of purpose was associated with alcohol use over and above the RAA constructs. A hedonistic-oriented purpose (i.e. live life to the fullest; have fun) was associated with higher lifetime use of marijuana over and above the RAA constructs. These findings are important because finding ways to decrease this hedonistic-oriented purpose could be beneficial at preventing and decreasing marijuana use in adolescents. Kathryn also presented this poster at the Midwest Nursing Research Society conference on March 17, 2016 in Milwaukee, WI!

Dean’s Research Day will be full of innovative nursing research, exploration and discussion. We are happy to have our lab represented at such a prestigious conference.

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