Nurturing Students’ Well-being: An Empirical Assessment of Marijuana Use among Lagos State University Students

Authors

  • Tinuke Fapohunda
  • Rasheed Olawale AZEEZ
  • Sehilat Bolarinwa

Keywords:

Drug abuse, Marijuana, Students’ wellbeing

Abstract

This study investigates marijuana use among undergraduate students at Lagos State
University, Nigeria, shedding light on their demographics, experiences, and perceptions. A
survey was conducted using the convenience sampling technique, with a robust response rate
of 86.4%, revealing key insights into the student population's attitudes and behaviours
regarding marijuana. With the aid of the descriptive statistical technique, the findings
indicate that students' experiences with marijuana use varied widely, with a substantial
portion expressing neutral or positive attitudes, alongside those reporting negative
experiences. These results highlight the complexity of marijuana attitudes and underscore the
need for tailored education and intervention programs. Furthermore, motivations for
marijuana use were investigated, with peer pressure and stress reduction emerging as
primary drivers. In terms of academic performance, a considerable portion of students
perceived marijuana use as having a negative impact, emphasizing the need for mental health
support services and academic stress management programs. Fear of legal consequences
was a prominent deterrent, as was family support. Health concerns and participation in
prevention programs also played a role. The research culminates in a set of
recommendations for Lagos State University, which encompass enhancing drug education,
strengthening mental health services, legal awareness campaigns, family involvement, peer
support, health education, and prevention programs.

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Published

2023-07-21