FACTORS INFLUENCING PREVALENCE OF DRUG USE AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN KITUI CENTRAL DISTRICT, KENYA
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The purpose of this study was to investigate factors influencing prevalence of drug use
among secondary school students in Kitui Central District with an aim of suggesting extra
corrective measures to the vice. the study was guided by the following objective: To
establish the influence of parenting roles on prevalence of drug use among secondary
school students, to establish the influence of availability of drugs on prevalence of drug
use among secondary school students, to establish the influence of school administration
on prevalence of drug use among secondary school students and to establish the influence
of peer pressure on prevalence of drug use among secondary school students.
Descriptive survey research design was used in conducting this study. The target
population for the study was 6,127 students in 23 secondary schools in the district. A
sample size of 616 students (10% of the population), with 308 boys and 308 girls was
selected from the 8 schools that was selected using stratified random sampling to include
one third of all schools in each category, with one boys one girls and six mixed schools.
Then using simple random sampling equal number of girls and boys was selected from
each category of schools.
A student’s questionnaire was used to collect data. Data was analyzed using descriptive
statistics such as percentages and mean values. Standard deviation was also computed for
each research question to test for the variability of responses across the study participants.
The study findings was interpreted and discussed. The findings were presented using
frequency distribution tables.