Employee Attitudes Towards Drug Testing: Effects of Individual Characteristics and Employment Setting
Employee Rights and Responsibilities Journal, 7: 117-128
13 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2014
Date Written: 1994
Testing for the presence of drug continues to gain popularity as a method for controlling drug use in the workplace. It is important that employers understand how potential applicants and current employees will react to the various types and purposes of drug testing. Employees (n = 529) were interviewed to investigate the role of attitudes toward drugs and work setting characteristics in explaining acceptance or rejection of drug testing. Individuals believing users should be held responsible for becoming dependent on cocaine, who felt the primary cause of cocaine addiction was weak moral character, and those who felt cocaine users should be treated as criminals were more supportive of drug screening and the testing of current employees.
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