A qualitative exploration of substance abuse among the nursing students of coastal Karnataka

Dharnappa Poojary, Madhumitha Muruganandam, Avinash Kumar, B. Ganaraja, Sneha Shetty Bhoja, Trupti Bodhare, K. S. Rashmi

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Background: To explore the various perceived causes and solutions for substance abuse among the nursing students in Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Methods: Group of nursing students belonging to the second year participated in the study. A method of free listing and pile sorting was employed to discover the causes and solutions for substance abuse. Conclusion: The primary cause of substance abuse was found to be peer pressure with a salience value of (0.945) followed by enjoyment (0.614), family problems (0.486). Cognitive mapping revealed the causes of being grouped under three major headings: psychological imbalance, adaptation to modern lifestyle, and unhealthy family environment. The solutions suggested by the students were counseling and rehabilitation with the highest salience value (0.751), awareness about the adverse effects at an early age (0.637). Cognitive mapping portrayed the solutions grouped into headings like therapies and treatment, external sources, family care, and support. Factors such as peer pressure, academic pressure, and easy availability of drugs can be looked into by external institutions to root out the evils of substance abuse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)813-819
Number of pages7
JournalIndian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 09-2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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