Document Type:Thesis

Subject Area:Social Work

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However, there are some common drugs used which include cannabis, cocaine, and heroin. Individual countries have specific laws regarding the possession, use, and sale of illegal drugs. The use of drugs among teenagers has had devastating effects in the society and economy of many countries (Miech, 2016). Social unrest in schools, destruction of property, effects on health of users, and an effect on the families. Drug abuse is a problem which affects parents, students, teachers, and the government altogether. Selection of the participants for the interview was randomized with no preferences set on age of the participant or the level of education at the time of data collection. Data collection methods a) Interview An interview is a major qualitative data collection method that predominantly is used in social research.

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The study was more focused on bringing out the issues related to the wider subject of drug abuse. Primary data from the students and other key informants was essential. The method included asking drafted questions and the answers received were used to make an analysis of the data. Has drug abuse ever led to your hospitalization? viii. How many of your peers know of your drug use? ix. Are there any measures put in the school set up to try and help students who have drug problems to reach out for help? b) Survey Surveys offer are an easy and clear way to comprehend short-answer questions by the participants (Denzin, 2017). The use of surveys enabled individual understanding and assumptions to be ascertained.

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Data collection by use of surveys enabled data to be generalized and then structured to provide a comprehensive analysis. Do you know any gang related drug activities that take place in the school environment? v. How often have you or your peers witnessed drug relate violence break out in the school campus or in your neighborhood? vi. Are you or any of your friends exposed to the purchase and sale of drugs either through self-will or coercion? vii. Do you feel adequate measures have been put up to help protect the individuals who have been exposed to drugs to help them rehabilitate? viii. Do you know of a student/relation who is in dire need of rehabilitation? Secondary data In addition to primary data, the study used secondary data to have a wider view of the subject and add emphasis and weight to the importance of the study.

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The opinions and arguments of the different contributors molded the basis of the study which enabled conclusions and recommendations to be made (Silverman, 2015). The analysis of data included drawing bias inference to ensure that the results would not be spurious (Duchesne, Fortin and Rivest, 2015). Significance levels of the results were determined to establish an acceptable standard for statistical significance. Collected primary and secondary data was analyzed to look for any existing relationships and patterns and also make discoveries on the phenomena of the study. The collected data was presented in form of statistical techniques and made use of presentations graphically such as frequency, mean, percentage, and standard deviation tables. Since the questionnaires had several questions, some seemed personal from the participant’s point of view and when such happened, the participants had the will to answer or not to answer.

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The contents of the interview were made known to the participants and answering to questions was solely based on their decision. The participants were invited to secure and safe environment where the interviews were conducted. In addition, the participants were provided with contact details incase they wanted to remove and change their responses or if they wanted to withdraw from the process entirely. Similarly, a copy of the research study was provided to the participants on completion to those who wished to. Also, the case of self-reported data was an issue because the results of the interviews had some bias which limited the results of the study. It was later noted that some participants exaggerated their experiences and some had selective memory hence not giving the full information.

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