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Reasons for leaving school and alcohol use among out of school youth in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-11T08:15:05Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-11T08:15:05Z
dc.date.issued 2019-09-11 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/14469
dc.description.abstract After students drop out of school, their alcohol use may vary according to the reason for dropping out. In this paper, out of school youth (OSY) are those between 13-20 years old, have not completed their schooling, and have not enrolled in secondary or high school for the current academic year. OSY are at heightened risk of alcohol use. This study examined the relationship between reasons for leaving school and alcohol use, taking into account gender differences. Survey data from 4222 OSY (mean age = 17.4 years, SD = 1.9; males = 59.4%) were analysed using ordinal regression. Leaving school for not having enough money to pay for school fees was associated with more alcohol consumption, among females living specifically in rural areas of Gauteng. However, in urban areas of Kwazulu Natal and Mpumalanga, females who left school for the same reason as their rural counterparts were less likely to consume alcohol in the past month. Males were more likely to consume higher levels of alcohol if they reported leaving school due to making someone pregnant, but only when they resided in peri-urban areas. Understanding the relationship between reasons for leaving school and alcohol use may give us insight into the profile of school dropouts at risk for alcohol use. This information is useful for intervention development across the school, home and community. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject SCHOOL DROPOUT en
dc.subject ALCOHOL USE en
dc.subject YOUTH en
dc.subject ALCOHOL ABUSE en
dc.title Reasons for leaving school and alcohol use among out of school youth in South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 3(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2019/20 en
dc.ResearchGroup Social Aspects of Public Health en
dc.SourceTitle Health Psychology Bulletin en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10965 en
dc.PageNumber 48-57 en
dc.outputnumber 10070 en
dc.bibliographictitle Desai, R., Mercken, L., Ruiter, R., Schepers, J. & Reddy, P. (2019) Reasons for leaving school and alcohol use among out of school youth in South Africa. <i>Health Psychology Bulletin</i>. 3(1):48-57. en
dc.publicationyear 2019 en
dc.contributor.author1 Desai, R. en
dc.contributor.author2 Mercken, L. en
dc.contributor.author3 Ruiter, R. en
dc.contributor.author4 Schepers, J. en
dc.contributor.author5 Reddy, P. en


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