Psychosocial influences on substance abuse in a sample of South African youth: a qualitative analysis.
Gopal, Nirmala Devi.
Collings, Steven John.
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This study investigated the lived experience of substance abusers in the South African context. Participants were 10 individuals attending a drug treatment centre in Durban, South Africa. Data were collected using open-ended interviews with data being analysed using thematic analysis. Findings suggest that normative social influences and levels of social support play an important role in shaping, maintaining, and determining the trajectory of drug usage.