The Relationship Between Adolescent Self-esteem and Substance Abuse

Kimberly A. Goodheart, Lindenwood University


The purpose of this stud, was to examine self-esteem and adolescent drug use behavior. The sample for this study consisted of 30 sophomore students from a rural northeastern Missouri high school. The students completed Rosenberg's 10 item self-esteem scale and a self-report drug use instrument. A Pearson Product Moment Correlation of the data provided the results regarding the correlation of self-esteem with drug use behavior. The findings suggest there is no relationship between levels of self-esteem and reported drug use behavior. The results also suggest there may be a relationship between self-esteem and drug use behavior related lo gender.