Factors that determine use and contribute to drug abuse among adolescents
The overall objective of this study was to present the factors that determine use and contribute to drug abuse among adolescents. To attain this objective, the factors relating to drug use and abuse among adolescents were the following: (a) Peer influence; (b) Delinquency; (c) Poor commitment to education and attachment to school; (d) Poor and inconsistent family management; and (e) Parental drug use. A cross-sectional research design and a non-probability convenience sample was used in the study. A self administered questionnaire was given to adolescents from Shiloh Baptist Church and Morrow high school, located in Clayton County. The population consisted of 80 adolescents, 59 males and 21 females, ranging in the ages from 13-18. The null hypothesis was accepted. The study was an attempt to provide a clear understanding of adolescent's attitudes, beliefs and knowledge about drugs, in relationship to understanding some of the factors that determine use and contribute to drug abuse among adolescents.