Religiosity and Social Support as Predictors of Substance Addiction among University Undergraduates in Kwara State
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Faculty of Education, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Nigeria
The researcher investigated religiosity and social support as predictors of substance addiction among university undergraduates in Kwara State. Demographic variables such as gender, age, and level of study were considered. This research employed the descriptive survey research method design. 200 respondents were randomly selected across the selected schools. Three research questions were raised and four hypotheses generated to guide the study. Data were collected using a researcher designed instrument questionnaire entitled "Religiosity and Substance Addiction among University Undergraduates Questionnaire" (RAUUO) and "Social Support and Substance Addiction among University Undergraduates Questionnaire" (SSSAUUO). The reliability co-efficient of 0.81 was obtained. The hypotheses generated were tested using Regression Analysis at 0.05 alpha level. The findings revealed that religion and social support are protective factors against substance addiction and; gender and age contribute to level of substance addiction among University undergraduates; these variables should thus be factorised into designing programmes and strategies for reducing substance use, abuse and addiction in the University setting. With the findings of the study, it was recommended that university system should keep encouraging or tolerating religious engagement among the students; thereby, sustaining their high level of religiosity for living a meaningful spiritual life that shapes human personality dispositions, parents, teachers and friends are to maintain given adequate supports to University undergraduates in their environment by interacting with them with love and care; given them listening hears and be concerned about their living conditions. This will go a long way in sustaining the high level of social supports received by the respondents.
Isiaka G., Anyama S.C., Osarenren N.A. (2022). Religiosity and Social Support as Predictors of Substance Addiction among University Undergraduates in Kwara State. Al-Hikmah Journal of Education. 9(2) 53-67. Nigeria.