Examining Patterns and Motivations for Drug-Related Information Seeking and Scanning Behavior: A Cross-National Comparison of American and Israeli College Students

Nehama Lewis, Lourdes S. Martinez, Aysha Agbarya, Tanya Piatok-Vaisman

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Abstract

The current study uses a grounded theory approach to explore dimensions and bi-national comparisons of active information seeking efforts (seeking) for and passive information acquisition (scanning) of drug-related information among two college student samples from the United States (N = 25) and Israel (N = 39). Specifically, the study focuses on seeking and scanning related to amphetamines and marijuana, two frequently used drugs among college populations, about which information is easily accessible. Results of semi-structured interviews suggest that information scanning and seeking about marijuana and amphetamines are common, particularly from peers and from the Internet. The analysis uncovers themes relating to young adults’ drug-related, information-seeking behaviors, including cross-source information acquisition across interpersonal and media sources, and motivations for engaging in active efforts to seek drug-related information. These findings extend research on information seeking and scanning and suggest future research should examine predictors and effects of these behaviors in the context of substance use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-172
Number of pages28
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Volume64
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 14 Mar 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the European Union Marie Curie Career Reintegration Grant (SSBD, FP7 333605), by the University of Haifa?s Department of Research, and by the Department of Communication at the College of Communication at Michigan State University.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Eastern Communication Association.

Keywords

  • Information Scanning
  • Information Seeking
  • Interpersonal
  • Media
  • Sources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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