A STUDY TO ASSESS THE KNOWLEDGE REGARDING SUBSTANCE ABUSE AMONG ADOLESCENTS IN SELECTED NURSING SCHOOLS, BELAGAVI, KARNATAKA WITH A VIEW TO DEVELOP AN INFORMATION BOOKLET

Namrata Devulkar, Sanjeev Badli

Abstract


Objective: To assess the knowledge regarding substance abuse among adolescents in selected nursing schools of
Belagavi.
Methods: A descriptive research design was carried over a period of 3 months on 100 GNM students from K.L.E.U’s Institute Of Nursing
Sciences, Belagavi. All 100 GNM students enrolled in study.
Results: In our study, Analysis of the data reveals that the out of 100 students, 32 (32%) used or abused any one of the substances irrespective of
time and frequency in lifetime. More than two-thirds (70%) of the respondents expressed a desire to quit substance use and 15% had tried to stop.
'Easy availability' and 'relief from tension' were the most frequent reasons for continuation of substance use. Level of knowledge on harmfulness
of substance use among students was very high (urban - 40% and rural - 60%). The conclusion was made that in spite of being aware of the harmful
effects of substance use, adolescents take up this habit.
Conclusion: At the end of the study a self instructional was developed depending on the knowledge scores of selected nursing students and was
administered to them.


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