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Volume :15 Issue : 58 1997      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Exploratory Study of the Role of School Counselors in the Prevention of Drug Abuse (in Arabic)

Auther : Gomaa S. Youssuf

The problem of drug abuse and dependence is considered one of the most dangerous problems that face many societies and countries. This problem requires cooperation among organizations in the society for the purpose of diagnosis, treatment and prevention. This study aims to explore the actual and possible role of school counselors in prevention of drug abuse among pupils in Saudi Arabian schools.

Fifty six school counselors aged between 25 to 37 years (average 30.29 + 2.45 years). Their professional experience was between 3 to 10 years (average 6.4 + 1.9 years) in school counseling.

They responded to a questionnaire which consisted of three parts: the first dealt with demographic data; the second was an objective measure of information about drug abuse; and the third asked questions about drug abuse prevention in general.

The results showed that there is a deficiency in the information about drug abuse among school counselors, and they depend on secondary sources to obtain this information. In spite of their perception of the importance of drug abuse, and the importance of their participation in its prevention and treatment, and in spite of their positive conceptions about improving their role in prevention, they believe that they cannot have an effective role in drug abuse prevention at the present time. They attribute this limitation to deficiency both in scientific preparation and their professional experience. It is, therefore, suggested that there is a considerable need for preparation of school counselors through new training programs, specially in drug abuse prevention, and adopting these procedures for the newly qualified school counselors.

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