THE STATUS OF SELF-CONTROL AND ITS RELATION TO DRUG ABUSE–RELATED BEHAVIORS AMONG IRANIAN MALE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

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This study examined relationships between self-control status and substance abuse and substance abuse-related behaviors. Male high school students (N=183) completed a questionnaire assessing self-control, resistance self-efficacy, behavioral intention not to use drugs, and negative attitudes toward drug use, and substance abuse-related behaviors. Students with poor self-control reported that they had used drugs and smoked to a significant extent; they also experienced pressure from their peers to use drugs and smoke. Students with poor self-control reported being exposed to violence from parents and tended to avoid school. A significantly inverse relationship between poor self-control, intention, and attitudes towards drug abuse was found among these students. Adolescents with poor self-control are vulnerable to substance abuse and social self-control training skills are relevant in substance abuse prevention programs.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2006.34.4.413

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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