Risk Factors for Addiction Potential among College Students

Mehdi Ranjbaran, Faeze Mohammadshahi, Sorour Mani, Mahmood Karimy


Background: Tendency toward addiction is provided before drug use begins. The present study aimed to identify the risk factors for addiction potential in the students of Arak University of Medical Sciences.

Methods: We conducted this cross‑sectional study among 305 students from Arak University of Medical Sciences, Iran in 2016. We selected the students by stratifed random sampling and collected the data by family and sociodemographic factors questionnaires and Addiction Potential Scale.

Results: Male students, students with low economic status and high
family members were more prone to addiction. We identifed variable; addiction in close friends, adverse family conditions (dispute with the family), poor economic condition of families, and family size by controlling the effect of other variables, as risk factors for addiction potential.

Conclusions: Preventive and intervention actions appear necessary considering the mentioned factors.

Keywords: Addiction potential, Iran, students

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