Stress, peer pressure and drug abuse among secondary school adolescents in Kawempe Division
Kyomuhendo, Charlote Edith
Natukunda, Ritah Sandra
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Globally, drug abuse among adolescents is an increasing subject of social and public health concern. In Uganda, studies show that more than fifth (22.7%) of the primary school pupils, (22%) of secondary school students have been exposed to alcohol, tobacco, Mira (Khat), glue sniffing, bhang (Marijuana) and even hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine, figures that rises to more than three quarters (68%) for university learners (Asiimwe, 2018). The study aimed at examining the relationship between stress, peer pressure and drug abuse among secondary school adolescents. The study was conducted in secondary school’s adolescents in Kawempe Division. The choice of Kawempe hinges on the fact that it is one of the divisions of Kampala with the highest number of school going adolescents hence a fertile ground for this study. A simple random sampling method was used to select 200 secondary school going adolescents participated in this study. Semi-structured questionnaires were the main tools in data collection and data was analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Pearson’s Correlation Coefficient (r) was used to determine the level of significance of the hypotheses. Results indicated that that there is a significant relationship between stress and peer pressure, stress and drug abuse, and there is no significant relationship between peer pressure and drug abuse among secondary school adolescents.