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Enfermería Global

On-line version ISSN 1695-6141


NAVARRO DE SAEZ, M. et al. Connection between risk factors arising from licit and illicit drug consumption and academic prognosis in first year nursing students from two latinoamerican universities. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2009, n.17. ISSN 1695-6141.

The objective of this study was to compare risk factors associated with licit and illicit drugs use and academic prognosis of first year nursing students from two Latin American universities. The research design was non-experimental, transectional, and correlational-descriptive. Two questionnaires were used: Academic Prognosis Test (APT) by Bennett and Drug Use Screening Inventory (DUSI) test by OEA/CICAD. The outcome indicates that the academic prognosis was different in both countries, and the most relevant risk factors associated with licit and illicit drugs abuse were recreation and free time use in students from both universities. It was found that abstract reasoning ability is a drug consumption protective factor. It is concluded that it is relevant to create preventive programs, based on psychosocial skills that make students develop thinking abilities and decision making as a life skill that helps them to withstand pressures from peer groups.

Keywords : Risk Factors; Academic Prognosis; University Students.

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