Author(s): AlSanosy RM, AlSanosy RM
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Khat is a widely-abused psychoactive substance in East African countries, Yemen and Southwestern areas of the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia (KSA), especially in Jazan region. However, patterns of Khat consumption as well as its adverse consequences on academic work are not well studied. OBJECTIVE: The study was conducted to assess the pattern of Khat abuse and its associated academic effect on Secondary School and College students in Jazan region, KSA. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in May 2006, in Secondary Schools and Colleges in Jazan region, KSA. Students in each class were selected by systematic random sampling technique. Self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection. Data was processed and analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). RESULTS: Most Khat sessions were conducted in homes (43.8\%) and friend's houses (37.0\%). The mean duration of a Khat session is 6.1 ±3.13 hours and 5.5\% chew Khat for 12-18 hours. Most Khat sessions take place at the weekends (48.4\%) usually after 8 p.m (69.8\%). CONCLUSION: Most chewing sessions took place at weekends usually in social gatherings after 8 p.m. with an average duration of about 6 hours. Smoking and educational problems were more prevalent among Khat chewers. Strong preventive and control measures including early interventions and increase of awareness need to be implemented. Recreational alternatives for young people and families especially at weekends and holidays have to be found.
This article was published in J Family Community Med
and referenced in Journal of Psychiatry