SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS’ SELF-ACCEPTANCE, DRUG MISUSE, AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN RIVERS STATE
This study looked at self-acceptance, drug use, and academic performance among Rivers secondary school students. The study’s total population is 200 staff members from selected secondary schools in Rivers state. The researcher collected data using questionnaires as the instrument.
Descriptive This study used a survey research design. The study included 133 respondents who were made principals, vice principals, administration, senior staff, and junior officers. The collected data was organized into tables and analyzed using simple percentages and frequencies.
1.1The Study’s Background
Drug abuse and hard drug use have the potential to affect the state of the body and mind by either depressing or stimulating the central nervous system, as well as causing other biochemical harm to society as a whole. The psychological characteristic of dependence or addiction is the compulsion to take drugs on a continuous or periodic basis in order to experience their mental effect.
Drugs cause an individual’s nervous system to behave abnormally and out of the ordinary, causing him to lose his sense of self. The health implication is that the person is acting under the influence of a cultivating factor such as tobacco, cocaine, and so on. A common occurrence that occurs around us today is under the influence of these stimulants, which, if not controlled, can lead to mental disorders.
The doctors’ and pharmacists’ society frowned on the uncontrollable ways and manners in which drugs are sold to the public in our markets and medical stores, which contribute to drug abuse. The future of any nation or society is heavily reliant on the quality of its youth. It is therefore deeply regrettable that our children are exposed to the dangers of drug abuse during their formative years.
Drug abuse is a serious concern for educational stakeholders and other professionals across a wide range of disciplines. Drug abuse is a sensitive local, national, and international issue that requires immediate attention due to the alarming rate of youth involvement.
Drug abuse has far-reaching consequences for the progress and aspirations of youth from all backgrounds. It determines how far the students can benefit from the opportunities made available by their families, the government, and the community. Various definitions and explanations have been attempted, but the students’ ages are typically between 15 and 18 years old.
Substance abuse, which involves the repeated and excessive use of chemical substances to achieve specific effects, is referred to as drug abuse. Because of their potential for addiction and abuse, these substances may be illegal street or illicit drugs. They can also be obtained with a prescription and used for recreational rather than medical purposes. The students (youths) are the most unfortunate victims of these drugs;
these acts or activities are never in accordance with the generally accepted modes of behavior in society. Drug abuse can result in rape, armed robbery, cultism, murder, theft, fighting, and other crimes. As previously stated, drug abuse leads to a wide range of antisocial tendencies. It begins during the adolescent stage when the child believes it is fun to get involved in drugs and can lead to the child becoming a chronic addict and causing untimely death.
Drug: an illegal substance that some people consume, smoke, inject, and so on for the physical and mental effects it has.
Abuse is defined as taking or using something in an incorrect or harmful manner.
Drug abuse: a drug is said to be abused when its use is not pharmacologically or physically necessary.
It can also be used to describe a situation in which the user exceeds the dosage of a given drug.
Addict: someone who is unable to stop using dangerous drugs.
A psychiatrist is a doctor who specializes in mental illness.
Cannabis: a drug made from the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant that is smoked or eaten and gives the user a relaxed feeling.
Alcohol is a beverage that can cause people to become inebriated and misbehave.
Illegal: something that is not permitted by law.
Psycho: a person who is mentally ill and exhibits strange violent behavior.
A student is someone who attends school.
Social control agencies are the means by which a society ensures conformity to the society’s existing norms and values.
Death if appropriate corrective measures are not taken. It had been a setback in the lives of many people and a threat in all aspects of human life. The study will focus on secondary school students’ self-acceptance, drug use, and academic performance.
The study’s statement
The problem of drug abuse among students has sparked numerous comments, debates, and discussions among the general public, the media, and other members of the intelligentsia. Drug abuse has been a problem in Rivers State, Nigeria, with an increase in the number of students appearing before school and community disciplinary committees, as well as psychiatric homes.
The phenomenon causes a great deal of concern in some parents, teachers, and others who are unable to control their addicted children or wards. The study’s main goal is to discover self-acceptance, drug use, and academic performance among Rivers secondary school students.
The study’s objective
The study’s objectives are as follows:
To discover why students abuse drugs.
T Discover which drugs are most commonly abused in secondary school.
To investigate the impact of drug abuse on student academic performance.
Hypotheses for research
The researcher developed the following research hypotheses in order to successfully complete the study:
H0: There is no effect of drug abuse on student academic performance.
H1: There is an effect of drug abuse on student academic performance.
H02: There are no ways to prevent or control drug abuse.
H2: There are methods for preventing or controlling drug abuse.
The study’s importance
The study looked into self-acceptance, drug use, and academic performance among Rivers secondary school students. As a result, the researcher’s findings will be useful to the Ministries of Education, Science, Technology, and Health and Social Affairs in guiding drug abuse prevention programs for students in Rivers state secondary schools.
The study provides policymakers with useful information on potential approaches to dealing with drug abuse, not only in secondary schools but also in other learning institutions. Finally, the study assists school administrators and counselors in devising a strategy for reducing the effects of drug misuse in secondary school.
The study’s scope and limitations
The study’s scope includes self-acceptance, drug use, and academic performance of Rivers secondary school students. The researcher comes across a constraint that limits the scope of the study;
a) RESEARCH MATERIAL AVAILABILITY: The researcher’s research material is insufficient, limiting the scope of the study.
b) TIME: The study’s time frame does not allow for broader coverage because the researcher must balance other academic activities and examinations with the study.
c) Organizational privacy: Limited access to the chosen auditing firm makes obtaining all necessary and required information about the activities difficult.
1.7 TERM DEFINITION
CAUSES: A person or thing that causes an action, phenomenon, or condition to occur.
DRUG ABUSE: This is when people use drugs or substances in amounts or methods that are not approved or supervised by medical professionals, such as liquid, tablet, injection, or inhalation.
SECONDARY SCHOOL: Secondary school is the next level of education after primary school. Secondary schools are often called high schools in the United States. Secondary school in the United States is typically divided into two separate schools. Middle school is comprised of grades 6, 7, and 8.
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