Substance Use Related Mental Health Literacy Among Medical and Nursing College Students

Indian Journal of Applied Basic Medical Sciences
Year: 2019, Volume: 21(B), Issue. (2)
First page: (183) Last page: (201)
Online ISSN: 2249-7935
Print ISSN: 0975-8917

Substance Use Related Mental Health Literacy Among Medical  And Nursing College Students 
Nikita J. Chhatrola1, Manasvi V. Jariwala2, Bhaveshkumar M. Lakdawala3, Falguni B. Patel4 and Manasvi V. Jariwala5*
1-43rd Year Resident Doctor, Department of Psychiatry, AMC MET Medical  College and Sheth L.G. General Hospital, Maninagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
5M.D. (Psychiatry) Assistant  Professor, Department of Psychiatry L.G. General Hospital, Maninagar, Ahmedabad-380008, 
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Online Published on 02-Jul-2019


Background: Mental Health Literacy (MHL) for Substance Use and related disorders in college students is important as adolescents are at high risk for initiating substance use due to peer pressure and social influences. Poor knowledge about harmful effects of substance and positive association between poor knowledge and negative attitude towards substance users is observed in college students. Aims: Study aimed to assess the Substance Use related Mental Health Literacy in Medical and Nursing College students at Tertiary Care Hospital attached to Medical College. Methods: It was a cross- sectional observational study in 2nd and 3rd Year Medical and Nursing college students. Substance Use related ‘Knowledge and Attitude Addiction Questionnaire for Adolescents’ (KAAQA),( 31 items with ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response) a self reported questionnaire was used. IEC permission was taken. Written Informed consent was taken from all participants. Data analysis was done by SPSS version 15.Results: Majority of students (76.1%) reported that substance abusing youths are influential in their group. Majority (90.4%) knew the harmful effect of substance. Nursing students had low knowledge and negative attitude towards substance use and users as compared to Medical students. Compared to nursing students, low self intake of substance and increase assertiveness was found in medical students. Conclusion: Study identified low knowledge and attitude of students towards Substance Use. It highlighted the need for more awareness programs in medical and nursing colleges to promote a better understanding of substance use and problems related to it and designing intervention and support programs for vulnerable students.


mental health literacy, medical students, nursing students, substance use, 

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