Quality of life and tendency to aggression among relapsed and first time substance abusers: a comparative assessment study

Quality of life and tendency to aggression among relapsed and first time substance abusers: a comparative assessment study. Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, 16 (1). pp. 19-23. ISSN 2636-9346 (2020)


Introduction: Drug abuse is a prevalent issue in Malaysia, and a constant struggle to eradicate even among substance
abusers who have received prior rehabilitation. Drug abuse has also been known to affect the quality of life of an
individual, due to the stigma it carries. This research emphasized on studying the life quality of relapsed and first-time substance abusers in rehabilitation centres including their tendency towards aggression.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted to evaluate the current inpatients in Cure & Care Rehabilitation Centres (CCRC) in Peninsular Malaysia. Primary data was acquired using a self-administered questionnaire consisting of socio-demographic (Part A), quality of life (Part B) and aggression related questions (Part C). 417 individuals were selected through purposive sampling from five different centres. A statistical analysis was conducted using independent t-test, single linear regression and Kruskal-Wallis using SPSS version 25.0.

Results: An analysis of the data presented no significant association between quality of life and tendency of aggression among relapsed and first time substance abusers (p>0.05). Based on the analysis and the outcome, age influences the level of aggression (p=0.018) while quality of life is affected by education level (p=0.017). Marital status is a factor that affects both the level of aggression (p=0.015) and quality of life (p=0.043).

Conclusion: The findings may contribute to law enforcements in reducing violent crimes committed by drug abusers and rehabilitation efforts by rehabilitation centres, by establishing demographic profiles in relation to quality of life and aggression.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Drug abuse, Relapsed, Quality of life, Aggression
Taxonomy: By Subject > Medicine > Psychiatry
By Subject > Medicine > Public Health
Agencies of Resources: Higher Institution > Public University > Universiti Putra Malaysia > UPM-MTDC Technology Center | JTS & JSSH Only | UPM/TNCPI/UPM-JD/LibraryUiTM - 16/11/2018
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Depositing User: Adi Azri Mohamad (Sg. Buloh)
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2022 23:31
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2022 04:52
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