The Impact of Socialization Factors on the Prevalence of Substance Use/Abuse by Student Nurses in Limpopo College of Nurses (LCN), South Africa

Author(s): Netshiswinzhe DM, Makhado L*, Lebese RT and Ramathuba DU


Background: Substance use is a perpetual public health problem for students in tertiary institutions globally, South African universities and Nursing Colleges. Purpose: This study explored the impact of socialization factors on the prevalence of substance use by students in the Limpopo College of Nursing.

Method: A qualitative, exploratory-descriptive design was used. Participants were selected through purposive and snowball sampling. Data were collected using unstructured interviews and focus group discussion. Trustworthiness and ethical considerations were observed.

Results: The results revealed that the consequences of socialization contribute to the prevalence of substance use/abuse among the students. This was inclusive of family background, household poverty experience, single-parenthood, low self-esteem, as well as traditional practices and values.

Conclusion: The provision of substance use health promotion programmes and services through intersectoral collaboration and inter-organizational partnerships, community participation as well as community engagement can be vital to curbing this challenge.

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