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Youthful curiosity as a predictor of substance use among students

Frank Lamadoku Attila 1 , Kingsley Agyei-Sarpong 1 2 , Joseph Asamoah-Gyawu 1 3 , Augustina Atkinson Dadebo 1 4 * , Emmanuel Eshun 1 , Felicia Owusu 1 , Solomon Jil Barimah 1
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1 Department of Guidance and Counselling, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, GHANA2 Counselling Center, Tamale Technical University, Tamale, GHANA3 Counselling Center, University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, GHANA4 Counselling Unit, University of Professional Studies, Accra, Accra, GHANA* Corresponding Author
Mediterranean Journal of Social & Behavioral Research, 7(2), June 2023, 59-64,
Published Online: 06 January 2023, Published: 01 May 2023
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Introduction: Notwithstanding, the reasons that make the youth consume substances at young age are very complex, and many studies conclude that youthful curiosity is a major determining factor that drives them into such behavior. This current study investigated curiosity as a predictor of substance use among senior high school students in Gomoa West District and Effutu Municipality. The study was guided by three research questions.
Method: It adopted the quantitative descriptive survey design.
Population: A sample of 260 senior high school students were selected using a probability sampling technique for the study.
Instruments: It adopted questionnaires on curiosity, substance use risk profile and substances and choices to collect data from respondents.
Data analysis: Data gathered were analyzed descriptively using frequencies, percentages and Pearson product-moment correlation.
Results: The study found that students were having low levels of alcohol and substance use curiosity. Also, the study revealed that the students’ substance use risk level was moderate. Furthermore, the study revealed a moderate relationship between alcohol and drug use curiosity and substance use risk among students.
Recommendations: It was recommended that among other things the management of senior high schools in Gomoa West District and Effutu Municipality should provide guidance and counselling services on substance use and its effects on the youth.


Attila, F. L., Agyei-Sarpong, K., Asamoah-Gyawu, J., Dadebo, A. A., Eshun, E., Owusu, F., & Barimah, S. J. (2023). Youthful curiosity as a predictor of substance use among students. Mediterranean Journal of Social & Behavioral Research, 7(2), 59-64.


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