The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 49, Issue 5, pp 671–679 | Cite as

Comparative study of the personality correlates and nature of drug abuse in schools and colleges

  • R. K. Agrawal
  • Jacob M. Puliyel
  • M. Chansoria
  • B. Mukerjee
  • K. K. Kaul
Original Article


With the help of a disguised questionnaire 634 school boys, 777 college students (365 college boys and 412 college girls) between ages of 14 and 19 were surveyed to identify drug abuses. To those identified as drug abusers and to an equal number of matching controls the High School Personality Questionnaire (HSPQ) of Cattell was administered. The data on drug abuse and personality was analysed on the computer of the operations Research Group Baroda using the S.P.S.S.

The prevalence of drug abuse in schools and college boys and college girls has been analysed separately and also the nature and frequency of the drug abused. The personality correlates of school boys and college students were analysed separately. Subsequently by a stepwise multiple regression analysis personality correlates with the greatest predictive ability in determining drug use were selected and predictive models are worked out using the «F»’ statistics’.

Key words

Drug abuse adolescence personality correlates 


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© Department of Pediatrics All India Institute Of Medical Science 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. K. Agrawal
    • 1
  • Jacob M. Puliyel
    • 1
  • M. Chansoria
    • 1
  • B. Mukerjee
    • 1
  • K. K. Kaul
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PaediatricsMedical CollegeJabalpur, M.P.

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