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Drug Use among Youths and Family Relationships

Introduction

Drug Use among Youths and Family Relationships

According to findings from studies conducted by universities, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and governments of countries around the world and in developed countries, the problem of drug abuse among the youths of these countries is on the rise. Additionally, a surge in normalization of use of drugs and female drug users has recorded. These developments have attracted the attention of key community stakeholders including schools, youth service organization, governments and family units (Dembo et al., 1991).

The aim of this study is to examine the causes of youth drug abusers and how these abusers are related to their families. Furthermore, the study seeks to identify needs and problems faced by young drug abusers in families and societies today. The study has focused on a sample of youngsters aged between 12-34 years drawn from the community. In the report, an investigation of origin of youth drug abuse in the family is conducted. Research questions are formulated in respect to family structure and composition. Furthermore, an investigation of reactions of family members to youth drug abusers is conducted (Dembo et al., 1990). A multi-directional and proactive process in which a family copes and helps the youth drug abusers is investigated. An investigative literature review is conducted on the role of the family regarding the problem of drug abuse among the youth. This involves a detailed analysis of the available literature on this topic.

Drug Use among Youths and Family Relationships

Background and Significance of the study

For a long period of time, adolescence has generally been regarded as a period in which a young person is healthy and more so less vulnerable to diseases. However, recent developments in social life of young people have shown that adolescence period is critical to their health timeline. The adolescence are faced are confronted with many situations that require them to make decisions, many of which will have an impact on their future health. Among these choices are certain kinds of behavior that are termed as risk behaviors. They are mostly associated with confusion, alienation and instability. According to Hawkins, Catalano and Miller (1992) substance abuse and use for example alcohol consumption is one of the risk behaviors that are highly problematic Drug and substance abuse usually start to develop in an individual during the adolescence period. The problem then persists into adulthood (Dembo, Williams, Wothke, & Schmeidler, 1994).