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This paper aims to shed light on the prevailing public narrative regarding psychedelics and the media’s role in cultivating it. The study focuses on the four states of the Visegrad Alliance, whose members gained independence from the Soviet Union and later joined the European Union simultaneously. Thus, ominous substances were introduced to their drug markets and wider societies around the same period, yet their current drug policies and international stances on drug related issues differ vastly. The paper argues that although the so-called psychedelic renaissance is rather visible and mediatized in wealthy occidental countries, due to a harsh stigma surrounding psychedelics in the former Eastern Bloc, the state of psychedelic science is lagging behind its potential.

Methods

Applying mixed methods of qualitative and quantitative, primary and secondary data collection, the effects of mass media, and the impact of the respective cultural and legal environments of each country are compared and analyzed, using multiple linear regressions, mediation, and moderation analyses.

Results and conclusions

As frequent viewers of television demonstrate a lower level of informedness and a more negative attitude toward psychedelics, the findings of this paper are parallel to what is a frequent topic among psychedelic researchers and one that poses important institutional, financial, and reputational challenges on the progress of science. The vision of this study is to foster a public discourse that is more balanced and in which real and relevant risks are addressed.

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Increasing the number of students who complete their higher education (HE) studies is growing significantly across Europe; it is seen to contribute to individual and national prosperity, and to improve the efficiency of the HE system. The Higher Education Drop-out and Completion in Europe project examined the issue of “study success.” The methodology utilized a literature and policy review, two surveys of an HE expert in each European country, and eight in-depth mixed-method national case studies. This paper considers how in many European countries study success is not explicitly defined, and national policies can be ambiguous or even detrimental due to the lack of clarity about, and alignment with, study success. These flaws are reinforced by the lack of indicators and tools to measure study success, which would facilitate evaluation to improve national policies and institutional actions. These issues are illuminated by a comparison between the Czech Republic and England. A widely agreed definition of study success contributes to better policy alignment and allows performance indicators to be developed, which fosters a more coherent national and institutional approach to improving study success, but this needs to be underpinned by a shared national commitment, which values and promotes study success.

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. ( 2003 ): Principles of Mixed Methods and Multimethod Research Design . In: Tashakkori , A. – Teddlie , C. (eds): Handbook of Mixed Methods in Social and Behavioral Research . Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage , pp. 189 – 208

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Kron FW, Fetters MD, Scerbo MW, et al. Using a computer simulation for teaching communication skills: a blinded multisite mixed methods randomized controlled trial. Patient Educ Couns. 2017; 100: 748

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Yoon, I. (2009). A Mixed-Method Study of Princeville’s Rebuilding from the Flood of 1999: lessons on the Importance of Invisible Community Assets. Social Work , 54 (I), 19–29. Yoon I

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within a mixed methods paradigm: Toward a resolution of the alienation between researcher and practitioner in psychotherapy research . Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training , 47 ( 4 ), 427 – 441

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: Facebook user engagement and social support predict smoking reduction. J Med Internet Res. 2017; 19: e168. 17 Ramo DE, Liu H, Prochaska JJ. A mixed-methods study of young adults

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” Success Factors on Projects . International Journal of Project Management 20 ( 3 ): 185 – 190 . Creswell , J. W. ( 2003 ): Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods

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] Creswell J. W. ( 2012 ), Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Method Approaches . ( Knight V. , Young J. , Koscielak K. , (eds.) ( 2014 ), 4th ed. United Kingdom : SAGE Publications

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. , Husin N. , Utami M. , Rahayu P. , Sucahyo Y. G. , Sensuse D. I. ( 2016 ), The use of a mixed method approach to evaluate m-Government implementation . In: 2016 International Conference on Information Technology Systems and Innovation (ICITSI

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