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Running head: RESEARCH PROPOSAL 1 Research Proposal Name Institution
RESEARCH PROPOSAL 2 Abstract Substance abuse among young people is a major global health problem that experts contend should be addressed to increase the chances of this category of the population to attain the potentials of their education and natural capabilities. Also, the examination role of the problem in the development of mood disorders and other risky behaviors is necessary for the development of effective solutions. In the proposed qualitative study, we hypothesize that substance abuse is responsible for the increased rate of depression among the youth. Also, the outcome of the survey and descriptive statistical analysis of the data revealed a positive correlation between the use of various types of illicit drugs and depression in young people. Therefore, we concluded that there is a need for mental health practitioners to develop new effective measures for youths to deal with the social and environmental factors that they encounter in their communities. Literature Review /Introduction Chakravarthy, Shah, and Lotfipour (2013) point out that alcohol, prescription, and illicit drugs are a major health problem in the world and this is supported by a 2010 report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The report mentions that 5% of world population has used an illicit drug while 0.6% of this population has a drug problem. To this effect, 2.5 million deaths annually are caused by alcohol abuse while 0.2 million annual deaths are caused by hard drugs. Dealing with drug dealers is a huge burden for any society as their treatment is time-consuming and costly. Depression in some youth is also associated with drug users considering that once hooked, most young adults carry the habit to adulthood. In such a case, these people record underachievement in their work, depression, and unexpected
RESEARCH PROPOSAL 3 pregnancies. This literature suggests therapy, enhancement of protective factors, and reduction of risk factors as solutions for this problem. The work of Mangerud et al. (2014) investigates the frequencies of illicit drug use, smoking, and alcohol use. All the individuals involved in the study were Norwegian adolescents some of whom were psychiatric patients and the control group was obtained from the general population. Findings revealed that the former had a higher prevalence to smoking and trying out illicit drugs. Most of them also demonstrated mood disorders and other risky behavior. However,

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