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Optimistic Bias, Pct·ccived Social Norms and Cannabis Usc Among Road Transport Workers in lbadan Mctt·opolis

Abikoye, Gboyega E. and Sholarin, M. A. (2016) Optimistic Bias, Pct·ccived Social Norms and Cannabis Usc Among Road Transport Workers in lbadan Mctt·opolis. Humanities and Social Sciences. pp. 1-17. ISSN 2330-818-1

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The study assessed cannabis abuse among road transport workers (n = 360) across motor parks in lbadan. southwest Nigeria. The role of optimistic bias and perceived socia l norms in can nabis abuse among th is atrisl-. but often overlooked population. We hypothesized that cannabis abuse would be more prevalent among dri, ers relative to other categories of transport workers. We also tested the hypothesis that higher optimist ic bias and perceived social norms would be associated with more cannabis abuse across the various categories of transport workers. Resu lts inc! icatecl that 121 ( 67 .2%) of the drivers and 89 ( 49 A%) of other transport work ers interviewed never used cannabis. Fifteen dri vers (8.3%) and 21 (12.2%) other transport \\ Orkers exusers while 44 (24. 4%) of the drivers and 69 (3 8.4%) of other transport workers were current users or ca nnabi s. Cannab is use debut was 21.4 (±4.7) for drivers and 19.3 (±4.3) for other transport workers respecti vely. Overall, scores on the cannabis abuse measure were very high for drivers (mean = 13.47±3.6) and other transport workers (mean = 15 .22±3 A 5 ). Results also ind icatcd that optimistic bias { F ( I. 3 57) = 7.35: p<.OI} and percci\cd social norms {F (I. 357) = 19.06: p<.OI} significantly influenced canna bis abuse. The need to target thi s at-risk but often overlooked population as well as the need to situate such interventions wit hin sa lient psychological terrains was emphasized.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cannabis abuse, optimistic bias, perce ived social norms, transport workers, lbadan, Nigeria
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 13:56
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2017 10:18

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