n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - An opinion survey on teenage substance abuse indicators : an application of the chaid analysis

Volume 16, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



This paper deals with identifying dagga substance abuse indicators in a group of grade 7, 10 and 11 learners from 35 secondary schools in the N-3 district of Pretoria. The most significant of the predictor variables in the cases of the learners who smoked dagga referred to respondents with friends who also smoked dagga, and could buy dagga within an hour or less than that. Additionally they were cigarette smokers, were not prepared to report the person who used illegal drugs to the school authorities and had personally witnessed the sale of illegal drugs in their neighbourhood. The significant predictors with respect to dagga non-smokers identified them as female individuals who did not associate themselves with dagga-smokers, did not smoke cigarettes and were either unable to buy LSD, ecstasy, cocaine etc. or took a longer period of time if they had to buy these substances.

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