n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Perceptions of teenagers about substance abuse at Muyexe village, Mopani district of Limpopo Province, South Africa

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Substance abuse is a problem in South Africa and it has negative effects on the wellbeing of teenagers as it interferes with their development. Substance abuse produces both psychological, physical effects and it has a very bad impact on the total health of teenagers. This study explored the perceptions of teenagers' about substance abuse in Muyexe Village of Limpopo Province. A qualitative, exploratory, descriptive and contextual research design was used in this study. The population for this study consisted of all teenagers residing in Muyexe Village aged between 13 to 19 years. The sample was saturated at 15 teenagers who were made up of 8 males and 7 females which was purposefully selected. Data were collected through individual in-depth interview and analysed using eight steps as described by Tech's open coding. Four themes emerged from the raw data which are: perceptions about the types of substances that are abused by teenagers; perceived factors contributing to substance abuse by teenagers; psychosocial effect of substance abuse on teenagers; strategies to combat substance abuse amongst teenagers. The study recommends that educational, recreational facilities. It also recommends that teenagers should be actively involved and encouraged to participate in developmental programs and campaigns within the village. In addition, this study recommends a strong effort by all stakeholders in addressing the substance abuse problem amongst teenagers. It is concluded that teenagers perceive substance abuse as having negative effect to their lives.

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