The first category of data needed to answer the question is published

The first category of data needed to answer the

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The first category of data needed to answer the question is published literature that explains why people act the way they do. This information will be obtained by reviewing critically reviewing and analyzing material by use of interpretivist and social constructivist approach. Also, the researcher will collect narratives from the participant on their views about drug use and substance use. Analysis of this information will make it easy for the researcher to answer the research questions and test hypotheses as a result. 3.2 Location of the Study This study will be conducted at Northampton Town, Far Cotton as well as the University of Northampton. Northampton University is a public university based in Northamptonshire, England. The university was formed in 1999 as a result of different training colleges coming together to form one big university. According to the 2009 statistics, the total enrolment at Northampton University stands at 13,925. This place of study was chosen because it will allow the researcher to more of the age group that the study is targeting. Also, the place has people from a diverse ethnic background.
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Methodology 4 3.3Target Population The target population for this study will be adults aged between 25-35 years who are based in Northampton. 3.4 Sample Size and Sampling Procedures The sample size for this study will be 3-4 participants. Snowball sampling is also known as chain referral sampling. Generally, snowball sampling is when a group of people directly recruits participants or recommends them for a study. The recruited participants then recommend additional participants who also recommend others and so on, therefore adding to the sample size until the required participants are recruited (Waters, 2015). According to Emerson (2015), chain referral sampling is used in studies where some people may not want to be found – normally sensitive studies such as ones dealing with drug usage, prostitution, cheating in exams or any other behaviour that is considered “unacceptable” in the society. In such studies, potential participants would be afraid to come forward because of possible consequences (Emerson, 2015). However, once the investigator identifies one or two potential subjects in the population, it is likely that they know other people in the same situation as themselves and could recruit them to become participants. Not surprisingly, like any other sampling techniques, snowball sampling technique has its advantages and disadvantages. One advantage of snowball sampling is that it allows research to be conducted in places where it might seem impossible because of a lack of participants (Waters, 2015). Most importantly, snowball sampling techniques help the investigator to discover the characteristics of the population which the researcher was not aware of in the first place. The major disadvantage of snowball sampling is that it is normally impossible to determine sampling error based on the sample obtained.
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Methodology 5 3.5 Sample Size Determination The sample size will be determined using Fisher et al
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