Drug Abuse Among Young Adults In Vietnam: The Influence Of Family, Peers, And Society

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Title: Drug Abuse Among Young Adults In Vietnam: The Influence Of Family, Peers, And Society
Author: Nguyen, Van T.
Abstract: The purpose of this exploratory study is to examine the influence of family , peer , and society in interactions with personal factors on drug use among young adults in Vietnam . The study is based on empirical data collected among 189 young adults aged 18 - 27 in Hanoi , Vietnam . The sample included 113 subjects who had used drug , and 76 had not . Ecological perspectives and social leaning theory provide a framework for this study . Based on an extensive theoretical and empirical literature review , five hypotheses were derived , speculating the relationships between drug abuse among young adults in Vietnam with personal , familial , peer , community , and stress factors . Univariate statistics were first performed to obtain detailed descriptions of the sample population . Bivariate statistics then were applied to identify significant relationships between predictor and criterion variables . Finally , variables found to be significant in the bivariate analyses were entered in logistic regression in order to examine simultaneous influence of personal , familial , peer , community , and stress factors on drug use among young adults in Vietnam . Forward stepwise LR method was used to select significant variables for the overall model . In order to make sure that no statistically incorrect conclusion would be drawn , prior executing logistic regression analyses , data were screened for missing values , outliers , and multicollineary relationships . Findings from this study clearly suggest that there are multiple risk factors for drug abuse among young adults in Vietnam . These factors include personal characteristic (education level ) , peer influence (having friend /co -worker using drug ) , community support (community environment ) , and stress factors (school drop -out ) . While education level and community support have modest influence on drug use , peer influence and school drop -out are strong indicators for risk of taking drug among young adults in Vietnam . Family factors , contrast to the study hypothesis , are not significant indicators of drug abuse among young adults in Vietnam . This study with its exploratory nature provides primary and preliminary findings on relationships between personal , familial , peer and community factors on drug use among adults in Vietnam . Findings from this study may contribute to making and implementing effective drug prevention program in Vietnam .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /1803
Date: 2009-09-16

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Drug Abuse Among Young Adults In Vietnam: The Influence Of Family, Peers, And Society. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /1803 .

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