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Spirituality, gender, and drug use among students from one University in Barbados

Mia Amour Jules, Samuel Noh,1 Hayley Hamilton,2 Bruna Brands,3 Denise Gastaldo,4 Maria da Gloria Miotto Wright,5 Francisco Cumsille,6 Akwatu Khenti7
1Doctoral Student. University of the West Indies. Cave Hill. Barbados. 2Ph.D. Investigator, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, CAMH, University of Toronto. Toronto, Canada. 3Ph.D. Investigator, CAMH, University of Toronto. Toronto, Canada. 4Ph.D. Senior Scientist. Office of Research and Surveillance, Drug Strategy and Controlled Substances Programme, Health Canada and Public Health and Regulatory Policies, CAMH, University of Toronto. Toronto, Canada. 5Ph.D. Professor in Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing de la University of Toronto. Toronto, Canada. 6Ph.D. Former Coordinator Educational Development Program Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Secretariat for Multidimensional Security. Washington, USA. 7Ph.D. Director Interamerican Drug Observatory, CICAD, Secretariat for Multidimensional Security at Organization of American States. Washington, USA. 8Doctoral Student. Director, Office of Transformative Global Health, CAMH. Toronto, Canada

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Jules, Mia Amour; Noh, Samuel; Hamilton, Hayley; Brands, Bruna; Gastaldo, Denise; Wright, Maria da Gloria Miotto; Cumsille, Francisco; Khenti, Akwatu. Spirituality, gender, and drug use among students from one University in Barbados. Texto Contexto Enferm, 2015, 24(Esp). Disponible en <http://www.index-f.com/textocontexto/2015/24s117.php> Consultado el



The research aimed to clarify the relationships between spirituality, gender, and drug use among undergraduate students of one university in Barbados. A quota sample of 250 students was required from the Faculty of Social Sciences as the study was part of a larger multi-centric study involving students from the Faculty of Social Sciences from seven other participating countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Significant negative relationships were found between a student's level of spirituality and their licit and illicit drug use over the past 12 and three months. Males and females also differed significantly in terms of illicit drug use (past 12 and three months). However no gender differences were found as it related to licit drug use. Moreover, females possessed significantly higher levels of spirituality than their male counterparts. Further qualitative research should be conducted among this age group within the Barbadian context to better explain these findings.
Key-words: Family/ Spirituality/ Street drugs/ Students.

Espiritualidad, el sexo y el consumo de drogas entre los estudiantes de una universidad en Barbados

La investigación tuvo como objetivo aclarar la relación entre la espiritualidad , el sexo y el consumo de drogas entre los estudiantes de pregrado de una universidad en Barbados . Una muestra por cuotas de 250 estudiantes fue requerido por la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales como el estudio fue parte de un estudio multicéntrico grande que participen estudiantes de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales de otros siete países participantes de América Latina y el Caribe . Relaciones negativas significativas fueron encontradas entre el nivel de un estudiante de la espiritualidad y de su uso de drogas lícitas e ilícitas en los últimos 12 y tres meses . Hombres y mujeres también difieren significativamente en términos de consumo de drogas ilícitas (últimos 12 y tres meses) . Sin embargo no se encontraron diferencias de género en su relación con el uso de drogas lícitas . Por otra parte , las mujeres poseían niveles significativamente más altos de espiritualidad que sus homólogos masculinos . Además la investigación cualitativa debe llevarse a cabo dentro de este grupo de edad en el contexto de Barbados para explicar mejor estos hallazgos.
Palabras clave: Familia/ Espiritualidad/ Drogas ilicitas/ Estudiantes.

Espiritualidade, sexo e uso de drogas entre estudantes de uma universidade em Barbados

A pesquisa teve como objetivo esclarecer as relações entre espiritualidade , sexo e uso de drogas entre estudantes de graduação de uma universidade de Barbados. Uma amostra contingente de 250 estudantes foi exigido pela Faculdade de Ciências Sociais, uma vez que o estudo fez parte de um estudo multicêntrico maior, envolvendo os alunos da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais de outros sete países participantes da América Latina e do Caribe. Foram encontradas relações negativas significativas entre o nível de um estudante de espiritualidade e de seu uso de drogas lícitas e ilícitas nos últimos 12 e três meses. Homens e mulheres também diferiram significativamente em termos de uso de drogas ilícitas (últimos 12 e três meses) . No entanto, foram encontradas diferenças de gênero, relacionadas ao uso de drogas lícitas. Além disso, as mulheres possuíam níveis significativamente mais altos de espiritualidade do que suas contrapartes masculinas. Além disso, a pesquisa qualitativa deve ser realizada entre este grupo etário no contexto de Barbados para melhor explicar esses achados.
Palavras chave: Família/ Espiritualidade/ Drogas ilícitas/ Estudantes.


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