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EXPLORATORY STUDY TO ASSESS THE PREVELANCE AND FACTORS INFLUENCING SUBSTANCE ABUSE AMONG BOYS STUDYING IN PROFESSIONAL COURSES AT SELECTED COLLEGES, KARNATAKA

*Gayathri K. V. and Joshua Samuel

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Background of the study: Substance abuse is a major public health problem among the students worldwide especially in developing countries such as India. The accessibility, affordability and consumption of substances by students have increased in the recent years. The main aim of this study was to find out the prevalence rate of substance abuse among the students and the common factors which influence the student to take up substance abuse. Objectives: a) to assess the prevalence of substance abuse among boys studying in professional courses by structured questionnaire b) to find out the factors influencing substance abuse among boys studying in professional courses. Material and Methods: Exploratory survey design was adopted for the study. 50 samples were selected by purposive sampling technique. Samples were the students studying in professional colleges at Kolar. The data was collected by using a multi-dimensional tool, selfreporting technique was used to collect the data and data was analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results: The majority 38 (76%) of the students were 18 years of age, 10 (20%) of the students admitted to currently abusing substances, the majority 5 (50%) of the students started to use substance while they were 17 years of age, many 8 (80%) of the students were using substances for more than a year and the most popular reason for first time substance abuse was experimentation 4 (40%).

Keywords: Substance abuse, prevalence and factors influencing.


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