ผู้วิจัย/Authors: Jirawat Moolasart
ชื่อเรื่อง/Title: Patterns of substance abuse in high school students: A case study of a high school in Ubonratchathani Province.
แหล่งที่มา/Source: Journal of The Psychiatric Association of Thailand, Vol. 47 No.2 April-June 2002. P. 121
รายละเอียด / Details:
Objective To study the patterns of substance abuse of students in a high school in Ubonratchatani province including alcohols cigarette smoking with an emphasis on amphetamines. Results It was found that for these students substance abuse started with drinking liquors or beer, followed by smoking cigarettes, generally while in early secondary school. The use of amphetamines began later depending on either exposure or association with amphetamines users.Thepattern of abuse was similar across these cases. Staring with hanging out in groups (going out at nightime,partying drinking alcohols cutting classes skipping school) and seeing friends or seniors use them. After that they experimented with the drugs either being persuaded by others or voluntarily trying them out. The abuse continued due to satisfaction and socializing behavior.Themost important factor leading tp substance abuse, particularly amphetamine was the students themselves while other factors appeared to have indirect influence including school environment family condition socializing behavior and easy availability of the drugs. On the other hand factors resulting in reduction or cessation of substance abuse were the students' own determination the group's decision to quit avoidacne of drug users difficulty in seeking for drugs lack of money intervention of police officers in school and mandatory random urine examination.Most of the students used the erugs occasionally with regular use at times when possible.Also it was found that the effects of drinking alcohol and smoking cigarette were not significant on the other hand amphetamine abuse had both behavioral and physical effects especially during the period of frequent use.Nevertheless no obvious mental disorders or symptoms were found. For male students the substances used were alcohol cigarette and amphetamine respectively. For female students they used alcohol amphetamine and cigarette respectively. The most prevalent method used in dealing with problems of substance abuse in school was launching campaigns to educate students.However most of the students who took part in the study stated that they did not pay much attention to such campaigns and that the campaigns did not affect their substance abuse.
Keywords: substance abuse, early secondary students, drug abuse, amphetamine, abuse
Address: The Psychiatric Association of Thailand.
Country of publication: Thailand.
Category: Abstract Journal.