SOCIO-DEMOGRAPHIC FACTORS AND DEPRESSION ON DRUG ABUSE AMONGST UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF BENUE STATE UNIVERSITY, MAKURDI

Alan Ajonye Anyalewa, Elizabeth Idoko

Abstract


Drug abuse has been a phenomenal subject over the ages with its attendant problems across peoples of various cultures. This study investigated age and depression on drug abuse amongst undergraduate students in Benue state university, Makurdi. The study utilized a cross-sectional survey design with three hundred and fifty students (350) as participants of which 201(52.1%) were males and 149(38.6%) were females, aged between17-35years with a mean age 24.03 (SD 4.34). Depression Questionnaire and Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-20) were used for data collection for the study after conducting a validation study to determine reliability of the instruments. Data was analysed using Linear and Multiple Regression Analysis to test the hypotheses. Findings revealed that age was not statistically significant on drug abuse among the students indicating that abuse of drugs takes place across ages among students. The findings also revealed  a significant influence of depression on drug abuse. The result indicated a positive score meaning that students who scored higher on depression significantly scored higher on drug abuse. However, the result was significant on age and depression on drug abuse among the sample. Based on these results, it was recommended among others that a social and enabling environment be created by the university management to prevent and manage cases of drug abuse on campus.


Keywords


socio-demographic, Depression and Drug Abuse.

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