A Christian Based Drug Abuse Intervention Among Zimbabwean Youths: An Empirical Investigation

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Tariro Maraire (PhD Candidate) , Dr. Suzila Binti Ismail , Dr. Mohd Alif Bin Jasni


Drug abuse remains a rampant problem in Zimbabwe despite efforts by the public and private health sector to support the quitting and recovery of youths who use drugs. This study is an investigation on the effects of a developed Christian-based intervention on self-control and self-concept among youth drug abusers in Zimbabwe. The effects of the intervention were assessed among 56 youth drug abusers between the ages of 21 and 25 years, at a youth centre in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. The study utilised the Brief Self-Control Scale and the Personal Self-Concept Scale as the study instruments. Results of the study using one-way ANCOVA showed a significant difference in post-test scores after controlling for pre-test scores for the variables self-control [F (1, 52) = 0.79, p = ˂ 0.05, Cohen’s d = 0.84] and self-concept [F (1, 52) = 1.115, p = ˂ 0.05, Cohen’s d = 0.21]. The study concludes that self-control and self-concept can be enhanced through the developed intervention among the youths who use drugs.

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