Perspectives of MSW students towards the use and research of hallucinogenic drugs within a clinical mental health setting

This study explored how the clinical use and research of hallucinogenic drugs within a mental health setting is perceived by MSW II students at California State University, Sacramento. The study utilized a quantitative survey research design that asked participants to respond to questionnaire items using a Likert scale. Participants (n=80) were selected via convenience sampling and were asked to respond to multiple survey items regarding their attitudes towards hallucinogens and mental health as well as indicate demographic information. Data analysis showed that there were associations between different dimensions of participants’ perspectives and demographics. While the results are not generalizable beyond the sample population, one significant finding is that having self-reported knowledge and awareness of hallucinogens and their use in mental health is correlated with more positive attitudes towards psychedelics. Implications for the field of social work are discussed.