Stress, peer pressure and substance abuse among school going adolescents in Kawempe Division, Kampala District.
Mawerere, Isaac Doka
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The study was carried out to investigate whether there is a significant relationship between Stress, Peer pressure and Substance Abuse among School going Adolescents in Kawempe Division, Kampala District. The specific objective of the study was to examine the significant relationship between Stress, Peer Pressure and Substance Abuse among schoolgoing ado lescents. The study was expected to have 100 respondents who were randomly selected from different classes at Old Kampala Secondary. Selfadministered questionnaires were used in data collection process the data was then be analyzed using the Statistical (SPSS). Software Package for Social Sciences Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation Coefficient was used to determine the significance of the relationships among variable. The findings showed that Stress and Substance Abuse are not significantly related (p= at r=.933 .008) furthermore the findings showed that Peer Pressure and Substance Abuse are negatively and insignificantly related (p=.833, r=.021) are significantly related (P=.001, r=.317). . How ever findings show that S tress and Peer pressure Findings revealed that there is a significant relationship between peer pressure and stress. Therefore school management must establish and set in place policies which cater for students affected by depression. Such policies may include school counseling programs for students affected which will help in the contribution towards the reduction of the problem of depression.