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Vyslova A.D. (2018) Risks of drug-based deviant adaptation and prevention in adolescents. National Psychological Journal, 11(2), 102–112


Background. The relevance of the study is fueled by the emergence of new types of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, “rejuvenation” of children and adolescents who use drugs. The reference literature does not provide the information about those facts that narcotic substances contribute to maladjustment and trigger deviant behavior.

The Objective is to study the risk factors for deviant adaptation associated with drug abuse, the role of information on drugs and drug addicts in choosing a solution “for” or “against” using narcotic substances.

Design. A special questionnaire of 27 questions was developed. The questionnaire was aimed at finding out the level of knowledge about drugs, drug addiction and drug addicts before the first test. The frequency of drug use that could cause addiction was identified. The possibility of quitting using drugs, the presence of addicts in the social environment and their attitude to them on a temporary interval between the first use and the beginning of drug use were analysed. The sample included 34 active drug addicts at the age of 20-29 years, who are registered as drug addicts in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria.

Research Results. The data analysis makes it possible to document the characteristics of drug addiction in those who have experience in drug use. The answers of active drug addicts and ordinary adolescents revealed their heterogeneity. The data obtained show the main factors that influence the heterogeneity are the age factor and the factor of ignorance.

Conclusion. The research results show the availability and relevance of information on drugs obtained from information sources, peers and adults, advertising the safety of small doses and “light” drugs. There are only superficial representations of drug addicts about drugs and their dangers prior to their consumption in adolescents. This allows to make a conclusion about the lack of systemic prevention of drug addiction in adolescents.

Received: 04/12/2018
Accepted: 04/27/2018
Pages: 102-112
DOI: doi: 10.11621/npj.2018.0211

Sections: Health Psychology;

PDF: /pdf/npj-no30-2018/npj_no30_2018_102-112.pdf

Keywords: deviant adaptation; deviant behaviour; drug addiction; drugs; adolescents; drug information; prevention;

Available Online 01.08.2018

Fig. 1. Awareness of the drug dangers in adolescents involved in drug taking

Fig. 2. Awareness of drug addiction and assessment of possible solution

Fig. 3. Drug addicts in the immediate environment and attitude to them

Fig. 4. Risks of drug addiction

Fig. 5. Sources of drugs and reaction to them


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