A Qualitative Analysis of Substance Use among Liberian Youth: Understanding Behaviors, Consequences, and Protective Factors Involving School Youth and the School Milieu
Substance use is a significant and common problem among school-aged youths throughout Africa.Substance use by school-aged youths has important public health consequences that could undermine Liberia’s post-conflict recovery efforts.A qualitative research design was used to collect data from students attending public school in Monrovia, Liberia.
Four emergent themes described in this study were:Behaviors associated with substance use,Consequences associated with individual use,Consequences of substance use that affected the school milieu,School-related factors that were protective from substance use.
Subthemes associated with substance use included concealment of substances, intoxication and disruption of the classroom environment, expulsion from school, school drop-out, and school as protective against substance use.
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