Substance abuse among secondary school learners in South Africa seems to be rising rapidly.
This rise may be attributed to various factors. The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate parents’ perceptions on factors contributing to substance abuse among secondary school learners in Coligny. The study was conducted in Coligny, North West, South Africa.
Ten participants were purposefully chosen- five learners and five parents. Learner participants were selected among two grades namely grade 10 and grade 11.Data was collected by means of interviews. The study revealed that alcohol, cigarettes, “dagga and nyaope” are the most commonly abused substances in Coligny. Peer pressure was identified as one of the leading factors contributing to substance followed by family breakdown.
The main recommendation of this study is that parents at home should make joint effort with schools to eradicate substance abuse among secondary school learners.