Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Professor Hattie Mitchell


The overall purpose of this research study was to fill large gaps in the knowledge base of social workers concerning substance abusing hospitalized teenagers. To attain this objective, the researcher provided some descriptive data of the substance abusing teenager and respond to the prevalence of drug abuse at all socioeconomic levels, recognizing the demands for social workers to enhance their knowledge base, skills and intervention strategies for treatment of this growing population. The targeted population for the study included adolescents ages ranging from 13 to 17 years old, who experiences all of the psychosocial and ecological factors related to adolescent drug use.

The type of research employed was an exploratory descriptive study, designed to investigate two issues: (1) peer pressure and (2) self-esteem of the adolescents hospitalize and not hospitalized. A questionnaire was administered to 10 males and 10 females, each from a treatment facility and community church. The researcher hypothesized that there is no significant difference in the self-esteem of adolescents who are hospitalized and not hospitalized and that there's no significant difference in peer pressure among hospitalized substance abusing teenagers and non-hospitalized teenagers. The null hypotheses were accepted that there is no significant difference between the two groups’ self-esteem, and peer pressure influence.

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