SUBSTANCE INDUCED HIGH RISK BEHAVIOURS AMONG ADOLESCENT BOYS OF URBAN POOR RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBOURHOOD
Author(s):
Dr. SATHISH KUMAR R, Dr. POORNIMA P S
Keywords:
Substance Use, Adolescents, Urban Poor Residential Neighbourhood Communities and High-Risk Behaviours
Abstract
Crimes committed by Young Offenders are steadily increasing in India with a large impact on society. Young Offenders fall below the age of 18 years in India come under the Adolescent group. As per the amended Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 children under the age group of 16 to 18 involved in Heinous Crime can be tried as adults. Reasons for increase in crimes committed by youngsters and increased rate of young offenders are many. One of the major reasons for increasing rate of young offenders is Substance Use. Substance usage at adolescent phase is very much prevalent in India. Severe crimes arise as a result of increased substance usage (Shridar Shrama, 2016). Adolescents use substances by various influential factors and involve in high-risk behaviours which become detrimental to the development of adolescents and society at large. Adolescents involving in high-risk behaviours may not know the consequences of it and need awareness on various serious social problems that arise as a result of substance usage. Vulnerable adolescents fall prey for anti-social elements and get influenced to be anti-social. The present study is descriptive in nature with the objectives to study the prevalence of substance usage, influencing factors and high-risk behaviours of substance using adolescents’ aims to suggest prevention strategies to be carried out community level to prevent substance usage and control vulnerable adolescents developing into young offenders. Major results of the study reveals that over forty-five per cent of the respondents use substances and over thirty-five per cent of substance using adolescent boys are involving in high behaviours such as Drunk and Drive, Stealing and selling illicit substances like Marijuana.
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Unique Paper ID: 154865

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 12

Page(s): 456 - 460
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