oa Crime Research in South Africa - Views of learners on drugs and related matters : preliminary findings

Volume 3, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1605-5810



South Africa is in a state of rapid transformation and it is argued that these transitional conditions are providing an enabling environment for forbidden activities. Social change also brings with it pressures that can have unexpected consequences. Community pressures in South Africa today - like the crime crisis, unemployment, a generally insecure environment and a new "freedom" that in some cases provides few real opportunities - all prompt many young people to search for ways to "escape" or alleviate the tension. Simply put, the transitional period of the late 1990s and 2000s has created for the youth who find themselves at the moment of entry into their teenage years and early adolescence - in addition to the usual problems of puberty, incipient sexuality, emotional, intellectual and physical development and risk taking - a world where drugs, alcohol and tobacco are widely available at schools.

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