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Self-Acceptance, Drug Misuse, And Academic Performance Of Secondary School Students In Rivers



1.1        Background of the study

1.2        Statement of problem

1.3        Objective of the study

1.4        Research Hypotheses

1.5        Significance of the study

1.6        Scope and limitation of the study

1.7       Definition of terms

1.8       Organization of the study







3.0        Research methodology

3.1    sources of data collection

3.3        Population of the study

3.4        Sampling and sampling distribution

3.5        Validation of research instrument

3.6        Method of data analysis



4.1 Introductions

4.2 Data analysis


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Summary


This study was on  Self acceptance, drug misuse, and academic performance of secondary school students in Rivers.  The total population for the study is 200 staff of selected secondary schools in Rivers state. The researcher used questionnaires as the instrument for the data collection. Descriptive Survey research design was adopted for this study. A total of 133 respondents made principals, vice principals administration, senior staff and junior officers were used for the study. The data collected were presented in tables and analyzed using simple percentages and frequencies


Chapter one


1.1Background of the study

Drug misuse and intake of hard drugs are capable of affecting the state of the body and mind by either depressing or stimulating the central nervous system or producing other biochemical harm to the society at large. The dependence or addiction is psychologically characterized by the compulsion to take drugs on a continuous or periodic basis in order to experience its mental effect. Drugs stimulate the nervous system of an individual to behave in abnormal and extra ordinary manner, leading such individual to lose his sense of being. The health implication is that the individual is acting on the influence of a cultivating factor such as tobacco, cocaine etc. Common incidence that happens around us today is on the influence of these stimulants and if care is not taken, could lead to mental disorder. The society of doctors and pharmacists frowned at the uncontrollable ways and manners in which the drugs are sold to the public in our markets and medical stores which are contributory factors to drug abuse. The future of any nation or society depends largely on the quality of her youths. It is therefore highly regrettable that our youths are exposed to the dangers inherent in drug abuse in their formative years. Drug misuse is a matter of  grave consideration  or attention  to  educational  stakeholders  and other professionals  in  various  disciplines.  Drug misuse  is  a  local,  national  and  international  sensitive challenge that needs urgent attention due to the alarming rate of involvement of youth.

Drug misuse has far reaching effects on the progress and aspiration of the youth of all lends. It determines how far the students can benefit from the available opportunities provided by the homes, the government and the community. Various definition and explanations attempted is that the age of the students is usually between the ages of 15 years and 18 years old. Drug abuse is referred to as substance abuse which involves the repeated and excessive use of chemical substances to achieve certain effects. These substances may be street or illicit drugs illegal due to their potentials for addition and abuse. They can also be drug obtained with a prescription, use of the pleasure rather than medical reasons. The most unfortunate victims of these drug are the students (youths) these acts or activities are never in conformity to the general accept modes of behavior in the society.  Drug abuse can lead to rape, armed robbery, cultism, murder, theft, fighting e.t.c drug abuse leads to a wide range of anti social tendencies as mentioned above. It starts during the adolescent stage where the child feels it s fun to get involved in drugs and can develop into a chronic addict and can cause untimely

  1. Drug: is an illegal substance that some people take, smoke, inject e.t.c for the physical and mental effects it has.
  2. Abuse: is it to take or use something in a way that is wrong or harmful.
  3. Drug abuse: a drug is said to be abused when its use is not pharmacological or physically necessary it can also be used to describe a situation whereby the dosage of a given drug is exceeded by the user.
  4. Addict: a person who is unable to stop using harmful drugs.
  5. Psychiatrist: a doctor who studies and ill mental illness.
  6. Cannabis: a drug made from dried leaves and flowers of hemp plant which is smoked or eaten and which gives the user of a feeling of being relaxed.
  7. Alcohol: is a drink that can make people drunk and starts misbehaving.
  8. Illegal: something that is not allowed by the law.
  9. Psycho: a person is mentally ill and who behaves in very strange violent way.
  10. Student: a person is studying at a school.
  11. Social control agencies: these are means through which a society ensures conformity to the existing norms and values of the society.

Death if adequate remedial steps are not taken. It had constituted a setback in the lives of many and has been a menace in all aspect of human life. The study will concentrate on Self acceptance, drug misuse, and academic performance of secondary school students.

Statement of the study

The menace of drug misuse among students has been the centre of attraction for comments, debates and discussion amongst the public, media and other intelligentsia. Drug misuse has been a problem Rivers State Nigeria, cases of students appearing before school and community disciplinary committee, as well as psychiatric homes is on the increase. The phenomenon exhibits a great deal if worry in some parents, teachers, e.t.c, who are somehow not able to succeed in their attempt to control their addicted children or wards. The main purpose of the study is to find Self acceptance, drug misuse, and academic performance of secondary school students in Rivers.

Objective of the study

The objectives of the study are;

  1. To Find out why students misuse drugs.
  2. T Find out the drug mostly misuse in secondary school
  3. To investigate the effect of drug abuse on the academic performance of students

Research hypotheses

For the successful completion of the study, the following research hypotheses were formulated by the researcher;

H0:   there is no effect of drug misuse on the academic performance of students.

H1: there is effect of drug misuse on the academic performance of students.

H02: there are no ways to prevent or control the misuse of drugs.

H2: there are ways to prevent or control the misuse of drugs.

Significance of the study

The research investigated Self acceptance, drug misuse, and academic performance of secondary school students in Rivers. Therefore, the findings obtained by the researcher are useful to the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in guiding programs in drug misuse among the students in secondary schools in Rivers state. The study provides useful information to the policy makers on possible ways in dealing with drug abuse, not only in secondary schools but also in other learning institutions. Finally, the study helps the school administrators and counselors to come up with the way forward in reducing the impacts of drug misuse in secondary school.

Scope and limitation of the study

The scope of the study covers Self acceptance,drug misuse, and academic performance of secondary school students in Rivers. The researcher encounters some constrain which limited the scope of the study;

  1. a) AVAILABILITY OF RESEARCH MATERIAL: The research material available to the researcher is insufficient, thereby limiting the study
  2. b) TIME: The time frame allocated to the study does not enhance wider coverage as the researcher has to combine other academic activities and examinations with the study.
  3. c) Organizational privacy: Limited Access to the selected auditing firm makes it difficult to get all the necessary and required information concerning the activities


CAUSES: A Person or Thing That Gives Rise to an Action, Phenomenon, Or Condition.

DRUG ABUSE: Is means when people use drugs or substances either liquid, tablet, injection or inhale it in amount or with methods neither approved or nor supervise by medical professionals e. t. c


SECONDARY SCHOOL: Secondary school is the next step up from primary schoolSecondary schools are often called high schools in the United States. In the United States school system, secondary school is usually divided into two separate schools. One is called middle school and consists grades 6, 7, and 8.


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