The relationship of knowledge of drug testing and personality characteristics to attitudes toward drug testing in the workplace

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Scott Fraser

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Galen Kroeck

Third Advisor's Name

Bernard Saper


Employees -- Drug testing, Employees -- Attitudes

Date of Defense



The relationship between knowledge of drug testing and the degree of support for drug testing was investigated. In addition, the relationship between certain personality characteristics (e.g. authoritarianism, legal authoritarianism, locus of control and social desirability) and support for drug testing was also investigated. A questionnaire that included scales to measure demographics, drug testing knowledge, drug testing attitudes and the above mentioned personality characteristics was utilized. It was found that drug testing knowledge was significantly negatively correlated with support of drug testing. It was also found that those scoring higher on Authoritarianism (legal and otherwise) were significantly more likely to support drug testing. In addition, an internal locus of control was significantly correlated with support of drug testing.



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