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Drug Addiction and Academic Performance of Undergraduates in Nigeria: Implications for Counsellors and Medical Practitioners

F.A. Okesina

Abstract


This study investigated the influence of drug addiction on academic performance as perceived by undergraduates of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria and also examined weather  demographic variables of age and gender will affect the respondents’ views.

Descriptive survey method (design) was used for the study. The population consisted of 200 randomly selected students from various faculties in the institution. Data were collected using a researcher-designed instrument tagged “Drug Addiction and Academic Performance Questionnaire (DAAPQ)”. Data analysis was done using percentage, means and t-test statistical measures and all hypotheses were tested at 0.05 alpha level.

The result revealed that the influence of drug addiction on academic performance as perceived by undergraduates of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology of Technology is negative. The study further revealed that there were significant differences in the influence of drug addiction on academic performance as perceived by undergraduates based on gender and age.

By implication, counsellors and health practitioners should increase the frequency of orientation program organized for students on dangers and adverse of effects of drugs, its abuse and addiction.

Key words: Drug Addiction, Academic Performance, Undergraduates




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