Substance use and multiple victimisation among adolescents in South Africa

Neo K. Morojele, Judith S. Brook

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

34 Citations (Scopus)


The aims of the study were to examine the relationship between multiple victimisation and drug use, and the role of drug use and other intra-personal, peer, parental and environmental factors in predicting multiple victimisation among adolescents in South Africa. A cross-sectional design was employed. The participants comprised 1474 male and female adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years, from Durban and Cape Town. They completed questionnaire measures assessing demographic characteristics; self, peer and parental drug use; self and peer delinquency; parental child-centredness and rules; and community drug availability and exposure to violence on television. A measure of multiple victimisation assessed whether or not the respondents had experienced two or more different types of violence in their lifetime. There was a significant association between frequency of tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use and multiple victimisation. Significant predictors of multiple victimisation in multiple logistic regression analyses were variables within intra-personal, peer, parental and environmental domains. Victimisation prevention programmes in South Africa should be comprehensive and target adolescents' drug use as well as their other psychosocial risk factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1163-1176
Number of pages14
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Multiple victimisation
  • South Africa
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental Health


Dive into the research topics of 'Substance use and multiple victimisation among adolescents in South Africa'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this