A Study to Assess the Effectiveness of Psycho-Educative Module on Knowledge of Cannabis Use Disorder among Adolescents
Keywords:Adolescents, Cannabis use disorder, Effectiveness, Urban Maharashtra
Background: Cannabis Use Disorder is an emerging problem among adolescents. Cannabis use remains the
most prevalent form of illicit drug use in English speaking countries and the European unions.Awareness
of adolescents about the harms of cannabis needs to be addressed. Emphasizing on preventive aspect of
mental health, it was felt that improved knowledge of adolescents regarding harms of cannabis would be
an effective way to reduce the cannabis users in future. Keeping this in view, the present study was planned
among school going urban adolescents.
Objective: The objective of the study was to assess the effectiveness of psycho-educative module on
knowledge of cannabis use disorder and association of selected sociodemographic variables with pre- test
knowledge score among adolescents of 15-18 years of age group in selected schools of Maharashtra.
Methodology: A True experimental study with pre-test-post-test-control only design was adopted to assess
the effectiveness of psycho-educative module by comparing the pre-test and post-test results after the
intervention. Stratified random sampling was adopted in the study.The knowledge was assessed by a selfadministered questionnaire prepared by the researcher along with the relevant socio-demographic variables.
The psycho-educative module on Cannabis Use Disorder was in the form of PPT and discussion.
Result: The study revealed that psycho-educative module was highly effective as there was a statistically
significant increase in the mean knowledge score in the post-test (12.34±2.905) as compared to the pre-test
(7.14±2.306) score in the experimental group at p valve <0.0001 level. There was a statistically significant
change in post-test knowledge score (12.34±2.905) among experimental group as compared to post-test
score(7.72±2.584) of control group at p value of < 0.0001.There was also a significant association with the
family type and education level of control group samples and pre-test knowledge score.