The influence of family environment, underage drinking and self-esteem on school going adolescents
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The family environment is one of the major micro system in which adolescents navigate the complexity of identity formation. The purpose of the study however was to investigate the influence of the family environment, underage drinking and self-esteem on school going adolescents in Kampala district among school going adolescents in the divisions of Makindye, Rubaga, Central and Kawempe. To organize the best form of data collection we thought of the best design to use and the quantitative study design was used alongside a correlation study design. We used a simple random sampling in which case, we chose some specific three schools to represent what is most likely happening among students in the region. The different methods used to collect data involved questioners, as well as personal interview with Students. We used a multivariate data analysis to show the relationship between two variables and even more to help any individual to understand what exactly is going on. Findings showed that there is no significant relationship between family environment and self-esteem (r= .045, p= .325>0.01), no significant relationship between family environment and underage drinking (r= -.013, p=.780>0.05) and no significant relationship between self-esteem and underage drinking among adolescents (r= -0.012, p=0.717>0.05). Basing on the findings the researcher recommends family education programs where such programs attempt to help parents improve their skills to explicitly establish family norms for behavior; manage their families with clear communication, monitor and enforce family norms, and manage and reduce family conflict. Several family-based programs may be effective in delaying initiation to alcohol use and reducing quantity-frequency of drinking among underage. This however will solve the problem of underage drinking which may need further investigation in the future.