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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 197-200

A study on substance abuse among school going male adolescents of Doiwala Block, District Dehradun


1 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Assistant Director, Rural Development Institute, Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT), Uttarakhand, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT), Uttarakhand, India
3 Regional Programme Officer, Rural Development Institute, Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT), Uttarakhand, India
4 Research Officer, Rural Development Institute, Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT), Uttarakhand, India

Correspondence Address:
Vartika Saxena
Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, Doiwala, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.77260

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Adolescent boys are recognized as a vulnerable group to substance abuse. The present study has the objective to study the biosocial profile and habit pattern of substance abusers. The study was conducted on 511 male adolescents, students of 10 th to 12 th class from the four intermediate schools of the Doiwala block of Dehradun district. 46.9% students accepted substance abuse. In 75.5% cases, friends were providing the substances. 80.2% substance abusers expressed their desire to quit the habit. The study is indicative of need for developing a supportive environment involving both parents and teachers so that adolescent can decide and sustain with the right choices for healthy life.


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