Psychological Factors associated with substance abuse in youth

Namita Sinha


In the fast changing scenario of the world, youths, university students are considered to be the future assets of the family and the nation at large. These youngsters can contribute a lot for the welfare and the advancement of the family or nation in a truly global sense only if their energies and potentialities are channelized in the most appropriate and desired manner on the contrary, if they indulge in undesirable activities like drug abuse which is become the most prevalent social evil in the present times they can never utilize their potential and energies for self-growth, family welfare as well as for the welfare and development of the nation. Who has suggested that drinking, smoking and abuse of other drugs may suicide, since they involve such as risk to health. To curb this menance among youth, psychologist must come forward to ascertain the psychological factor which tends to increase this so these factor may be removed from the society and the nation. Which is the ultimate aim of this research. For this purpose, a sample of 300 student 100 habituated, 100 occasional and 100 non users was chosen from Magadh Univeristy Bodhgaya. For this categorizing Drug abuse schedule was use. Sinha (1968) Anxiety scale Hindi version of Taylor’s manifests anxiety scale was used for assessment of anxiety level of students. Thakur and Thakur (2000) Hindi version of EPQ was used for assessment of psychoticism, extraversion, neuroticism and lie score. A significant association existed between psychological factor and Drug abuse behavior in youth. The present study has both theoretical and practical applications. Keeping this in view the present work was undertaken. 


Drug Abuser, DAS, Sinha (1968) Anxiety Scale, Thakur & Thakur (2000) personality questionnaire.

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