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International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies
ISSN: 2028-9324     CODEN: IJIABO     OCLC Number: 828807274     ZDB-ID: 2703985-7
 
 
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The Prevalence of Drug and Substance Abuse among School Going Teenagers in the Shiselweni Region of Swaziland


Volume 20, Issue 2, May 2017, Pages 652–660

 The Prevalence of Drug and Substance Abuse among School Going Teenagers in the Shiselweni Region of Swaziland

Dlamini Patience Gugu1 and Makondo Davison2

1 Nzongomane Primary School, P. O. Box 1486 Nhlangano, Swaziland
2 Educational Foundations and Management, University of Swaziland, Private Bag 4 Kwaluseni, Swaziland

Original language: English

Received 16 September 2016

Copyright © 2017 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


The study sought to explore the prevalence and societal influence on drug and substance abuse among secondary school going teenagers in the Shiselweni region of Swaziland. Exploratory sequential mixed method research design was employed. Focus group discussions with 35 learners who were drug and substance abusers were selected using snowball sampling. In-depth interviews with four principals of the selected schools were done to generate qualitative data and these were selected using the criterion purposive sampling method. The generated qualitative data were analysed using thematic analysis and were used to form items of a questionnaire given to 200 randomly selected students for quantitative data. Quantitative data were analysed using descriptive statistics, frequencies, mean and standard deviation. The study revealed that drug and substance abuse was prevalent among teenage learners and the society was encouraging drugs and substances abuse. A programme to deal with abuse problems was recommended.

Author Keywords: drug, drug abuse, society, substance, substance abuse.


How to Cite this Article


Dlamini Patience Gugu and Makondo Davison, “The Prevalence of Drug and Substance Abuse among School Going Teenagers in the Shiselweni Region of Swaziland,” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 652–660, May 2017.