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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 208-212

A study to assess the prevalence and pattern of substance use among male adolescents in suburban area of Delhi

1 Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Institute of Psychiatry, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Kathirkamam, Puducherry, India
3 College of Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Liza Thankam Daniel
Asst. Professor, Department of Psychitric Nursing, Institute of Psychiatry, Kolkata - 700 025, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-9962.214596

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Aim of the Study: To assess the prevalence and pattern of substance use among male adolescents in Sunder Nagari, New Delhi. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was designed to assess the prevalence and pattern of substance use among male adolescents in New Delhi. One hundred and ten adolescents were conveniently selected from Sunder Nagari, New Delhi. Adolescents aged more than 11 years and able to read and write Hindi or English were included in the study. A structured questionnaire for demographic variables was developed by researchers. To assess the prevalence and pattern of substance use, a structured questionnaire was prepared with the reliability coefficient of 0.94 (test-retest reliability) with a content validity index of 0.90 between the experts. Data were collected from the subjects after getting their written consent. Data analyzed using statistical package SPSS version 17.0. The level of significance was set as P < 0.05. Results: The study findings revealed that nearly more than half (55.6%) of the male adolescents reported the use of one or more substances in their lifetime. About 44.26% of the adolescents started to use substances before 13 years of age. Most common reason specified by the subjects to take substance were to be liked by friends (57.38%), to feel like an adult (24.6%), and few of them reported: “like the feeling of substances” (13.11%) as reason for taking substances. Common substances used by the subjects were any kind of tobacco (77.05%), inhalants (26.23%), and alcohol (11.47%). Most of the subjects were getting substances from their friends (85.25%) and only a few (14.75%) by themselves. Association analyses revealed that adolescents who studied less than 10th standard reported more usage of any kind of substances than who studied more than 10th standard. More prevalence of substance use was seen among adolescents who were from nuclear family. Subjects who had less than two siblings reported more substance use. Conclusion: Early onset of substance use is seen among adolescents. Low educational status and the nuclear family are associated with their substance use. Friends are the key source of substances and their initiation of substance use. Based on these findings, following recommendations can be considered. (i) Maintaining the substance use control through legislation by which controlling of selling substances under 18 years of age and prohibition of substance use in public places seem to be effective and (ii) early onset of substance use calls for effective measures directed against the younger age groups. Therefore, educational intervention at the school level appears to be the most feasible measure to prevent the initiation of substance use among adolescents.

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