Drug Addicts Apparently Hate Reading

by Ename1 on March 13, 2014 - 11:49pm

The research article “Drug Abuse Violations in Communities” looks into the idea that newspapers in communities have certain effects on drug abuse; particularly hypothesizing direct and indirect negative effects.  It sampled 389 random counties nationwide and analyzed different aspects of them in three phases, which included identifying voter participation and civic engagement, crime rates, and lastly the hypothesized effects of newspapers on their respective communities (Yamamoto & Ran, 2013).  The study concluded that newspapers had only a part indirect negative effect on drug abuse violations in a community, indicating a restricted role of said newspapers in this aspect of society.

            The main purpose of this research study was to clearly determine whether or not community newspapers negatively affected drug abuse violations within those communities, that is, lowered the rates of these offenses.  It subsequently posed the question: Will newspapers stimulate a higher level of civic engagement, thus socializing more members of society into the mainstream to follow more norms and avoid drug crime specifically?  This is a very clear stated inquiry from which to develop a plan to analyze it and ultimately answer it.  The study looked at the communities as a whole, while picking apart the crime rates, populations, voter participation, etc.  Because the question was clear and precise, the analysis was easily executed, allowing for generally clear and understandable conclusions.





Yamamoto, M. & Ran, W. (2013). Drug Abuse Violations in Communities: Community Newspapers as a Macro-Level Source of Social Control. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 91, 629-651.