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The Effects of Framing on Attitudes Toward Marijuana Use
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by Anna M. Allen - University of Wisconsin–Platteville
The experimenter evaluated attitudes about the acceptability of marijuana use on
a college campus after participants read 1 of 4 framed informational pages regarding
medical and recreational marijuana use. Students who had never used marijuana were
more likely to find medical use more acceptable than recreational use. Students
who had used marijuana found both medical and recreational use more acceptable than
nonusers. Participants found it more acceptable for a typical college student to
use marijuana than a close friend or themselves. The effect of framing the information
positively or negatively was not statistically significant. The results have implications
for future research.
Spring 2011 | Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research (Vol. 16, No. 1, p. 3), published by Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology (Chattanooga, TN). Copyright, 2011, Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology. All rights reserved.