Factors influencing psychoactive substance use among adolescents in public secondary schools in Uganda

The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research

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Title Factors influencing psychoactive substance use among adolescents in public secondary schools in Uganda
 
Creator Rukundo, Aloysius; Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Kibanja, Grace; Makerere University
Steffens, Karl; University of Cologne
 
Subject Adolescent psychology; substance use
psychoactive substance use (PASU); school adolescents; factors; public schools; Uganda
 
Description Rukundo, A., Kibanja, G., & Steffens, K. (201X). Factors influencing psychoactive substance use among adolescents in public secondary schools in Uganda. The International Journal Of Alcohol And Drug Research, X(Y), N-M. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.7895/ijadr.vXiY.237Introduction: Studies exploring psychoactive substance use (PASU) among adolescents report a variety of both intrapersonal and interpersonal negatively and positively reinforcing factors. While existing studies have looked at factors affecting PASU among adolescents in general, little has been done to explore such factors in schools.Objective: This paper examines the factors that influence PASU among adolescents in Ugandan public schools.Methods: The study generated data from 12 focus group discussions (FGDs), based on a qualitative, cross-sectional exploratory design using purposive sampling. We used a focus group guide based on the question “What factors influence use ofResults: All focus groups noted peer pressure as the strongest factor influencing use of substances in schools, with relief from domestic stress being identified as the second strongest factor. The FGDs tackled other factors related to PASU in public schools in Uganda, though not to as big of an extent.Conclusion: Present study results generally seem to suggest that PASU among adolescents in public schools is a result of the interaction between adolescents, the substances in question, and the environment in which those adolescents live.
 
Publisher Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol (KBS)
 
Contributor German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD)
 
Date 2016-11-14
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

exploratory; qualitative method
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://www.ijadr.org/index.php/ijadr/article/view/237
10.7895/ijadr.v0i0.237
 
Source The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research; Early View Papers and Abstracts
1925-7066
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://www.ijadr.org/index.php/ijadr/article/view/237/410
 
Coverage Uganda
Psychoactive substance use among the youth
adolescents from public secondary schools, in leadership positions
 
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