A comparative study to assess the   knowledge regarding drug abuse and its impact on health between urban and rural adolescents in selected high schools of Gokak taluk with a view to develop an information booklet.

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Raju Byati

Volume: 10 | Issue: 01 | Year 2024 | Subscription
International journal of Nursing Science Practice and Research
Received Date: 01/31/2024
Acceptance Date: 02/29/2024
Published On: 2024-03-29
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Raju Byati A comparative study to assess the   knowledge regarding drug abuse and its impact on health between urban and rural adolescents in selected high schools of Gokak taluk with a view to develop an information booklet. International journal of Nursing Science Practice and Research. 2024; 10(01): -p.
Abstract

BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY: Adolescence represents a crucial and dynamic stage in the human life cycle. Roughly 18-20% of the Indian population falls within the age range of 10-20 years. This demographic, comprising future citizens, faces a significant vulnerability to early initiation into drugs and other psychoactive substances. Nurses have an important role in assessing their knowledge regarding drug abuse in Schools, and also in community area regarding drug abuse.

OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY:

  1. Evaluate the understanding of drug abuse and its health impact among adolescents residing in urban and rural areas.
    1. Compare the knowledge levels regarding drug abuse and its health impact between urban and rural adolescents.
    1. Investigate the correlation between adolescents’ knowledge scores on drug abuse and its health impact and selected socio-demographic variables.
    1. To develop and distribute information booklet regarding drug abuse and its impact on health. METHODOLOGY: A Descriptive comparative study was conducted among 100 (50 urban and 50 rural) adolescent students of selected High schools of Gokak taluk. The sample was chosen through a non-probability purposive sampling method. The study employed a descriptive comparative research design, and data were gathered through a structured knowledge questionnaire. Descriptive and inferential statistics were utilized for data analysis.RESULTS: Overall result of the study revealed that, majority of the subjects 72 (72%) had poor knowledge, 28 (28%) subjects had average knowledge and 0 (0%) subjects had good level of knowledge regarding drug abuse and its impact on their health. And urban adolescents had 49.93% of total knowledge, 51.56% of knowledge regarding drug abuse and 47.50% of knowledge regarding knowledge about hazards, treatment of drug abuse. Whereas rural adolescents had 44.66% of total knowledge, 48.67% of knowledge regarding drug abuse and 38.67% of knowledge regarding knowledge about hazards, treatment of drug abuse. The p-value is 0.0004(p<0.05) hence, comparatively Urban adolescents had better knowledge than their Rural counterparts in all areas of knowledge regarding drug abuse and its impact on their health.CONCLUSION: The study concluded that, knowledge of adolescent students regarding drug abuse and its impact on health was just satisfactory, consequently formal training for adolescent students about drug abuse and its impact on health is recommended.

KEY WORDS: Knowledge, drug abuse, impact on health, Adolescents, high school students.

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Raju Byati A comparative study to assess the   knowledge regarding drug abuse and its impact on health between urban and rural adolescents in selected high schools of Gokak taluk with a view to develop an information booklet. International journal of Nursing Science Practice and Research. 2024; 10(01): -p.

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