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Adv Biomed Res 2020,  9:2

What components of adolescents' responsibility are effective in preventing addiction?

Department of Community and Family Medicine, School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

Date of Submission15-Sep-2019
Date of Acceptance10-Dec-2019
Date of Web Publication21-Jan-2020

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Dr. Zahra Amini
Department of Community and Family Medicine, School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan
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DOI: 10.4103/abr.abr_204_19

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Background: In most countries, the age of addiction is declining, and the prevalence of adolescent addiction is increasing. Many factors can affect the addiction tendency; one of them can be a sense of responsibility. This study was designed to evaluate the probable relation between addiction tendency and responsibility. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in Isfahan in 2018. A total of 496 high school students aged from 15 to 18 years were selected by a multistage cluster and systematic random sampling method. Students' responsibility and adolescents' addiction tendency questionnaire were used. The collected data were analyzed by the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 20 using Chi-square test, independent t-test, multivariate analysis of variance, and linear regression. Results: The mean age of participants was 16.50 ± 1.12. The results showed that boys' out-of-home activities were more than girls (P < 0.001), but there was no significant difference between girls and boys regarding indoor activities. Furthermore, it was found that girls were more responsible than boys (P = 0.004) and addiction tendency was higher in boys (P = 0.001). Social responsibility and addiction tendency had a significant negative relationship in this research (P < 0.001). In addition, parents' education, the feeling of belonging, and the sense of security had an effect on the addiction tendency (P < 0.001 for all). Conclusion: This study showed that social responsibility could affect the addiction tendency.

Keywords: Accountability, addiction, adolescent, social responsibility

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Amini Z, Heidary BS. What components of adolescents' responsibility are effective in preventing addiction?. Adv Biomed Res 2020;9:2

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Amini Z, Heidary BS. What components of adolescents' responsibility are effective in preventing addiction?. Adv Biomed Res [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 28];9:2. Available from:

  Introduction Top

Adolescence is a period of physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional changes, and also, it is a course to increase the ability to think; change relationships, responsibilities, and management of assignments independently; and create a new orientation for the future.[1]

One of the critical factors that can make adolescent choices more perfect is personal and social responsibility, a commitment that a person has toward himself, beliefs, values, duties, and family.[2],[3],[4],[5] In other words, accountability is a multidimensional construction, includes emotional, behavioral, and moral aspects, and has so many definitions across the studies.[6]

Adolescents are more vulnerable to high-risk behaviors because of the evolutionary characteristics of this period.[7] Studies have shown that most high-risk behaviors such as smoking, drinking, and drug abuse begin at this age.[7],[8]

The cause of addiction is complex and none of the current hypotheses can fully explain the cause.[9] On the other hand, substance abuse is affected by individual, family, social, economic, political, and cultural factors such as depression, excitement, aggression, socioeconomic situation, and family emotional atmosphere.[9],[10],[11],[12],[13] Studies showed that some adolescents use drugs to be cool, feel powerful, accept in the peer relationships, and to forget their problems.[8]

Considering the importance of addiction in adolescents and identifying risk and protective factors, and to the extent that the researcher has searched for scientific resources, a similar study has not been done, so this study was designed to examine the addiction tendency status and the probable role of responsibility in adolescents.

  Materials and Methods Top

This cross-sectional study was conducted in Isfahan in 2018. Five hundred high school students aged 15–18 years were selected by a multistage cluster systematic random sampling method. Out of all five education districts in Isfahan, one girls' school and one boys' school were selected by convenience method. Out of each school, fifty students were randomly selected based on the list of students by a simple random sampling method using a random number table. If the students did not have the criteria for entering the study or the questionnaire was not completed, sampling would continue until the sample size reached the specified number.

The inclusion criteria were the willingness to participate in the study and having ages 15–18 years, and the exclusion criteria were dissatisfied with engaging and failure to complete more than 20% of the questionnaire information.

The study was approved by the Ethics Committee of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences (Code No. 396316). In order to meet the ethical aspects of the research, coordination was initially carried out with the school authorities and the purpose of the study was explained. The confidentiality of the information was assured to students. Two self-administered questionnaires were used for data collection: Students' responsibility and adolescents' addiction tendency questionnaire.

The five-scale responsibility questionnaire was designed by Kordloo, and its validity and reliability have been investigated. Cronbach's alpha coefficient was 89%.[14]

In the first and second scales, students' activities at school and home asked, respectively, and one score was allocated to each item; eventually, the total count of each scale showed the students' activity at school and home.

The student attendance status was reviewed in the third scale. The fourth (22 questions) and fifth scales (56 items) assessed the accountability (21 questions), sense of security (14 questions), self-esteem (14 questions), and belonging (29 questions). The questionnaire is scored by the Likert method. Answers ranged from one (I'm not satisfied at all) to four (I'm completely satisfied), and to calculate the total score of each variable, the scores of related questions were summed up. The higher the score, the better the situation.

The addiction tendency questionnaire was designed by Mirhashemi et al. and its reliability was calculated using Cronbach's alpha, which was 80%[15]

It had 16 questions that measured the addiction tendency in three dimensions (individual, social, and environmental). The answering spectrum of this tool was Likert, ranging from one to five (very low to very high).

The collected data were analyzed by the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 16 using Chi-square test, independent t-test, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and linear regression.

  Results Top

Two hundred and forty-seven (49.8%) boys and 249 (50.2%) girls were participating in this study. The mean age was 16.53 ± 1.12 in boys and 16.47 ± 1.12 in girls (P = 0.62). The general characteristics of the participants are listed in [Table 1].
Table 1: Comparison of demographic characteristics of high school students based on sex*

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The mean number of indoor activities such as house cleaning, participation in family decision-making, maintaining the green space of the home, minor repairs of equipment, and cooking in girls was 5.17 ± 2.96 and in boys was 5.02 ± 3.46 (P = 0.61). Furthermore, the mean out-of-home activity such as activities at the sports club, forums, artistic centers, and student council in girls was 2.05 ± 1.99 and in boys was 2.74 ± 2.28, which was statistically significant (P < 0.001). The student attendance status is shown in [Figure 1].
Figure 1: The frequency of latency and absence of students based on gender

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The grade and sex significantly affected responsibility and tendency to addiction. ANOVA was conducted to assess the grade and sex differences on responsibility, and its five subscales include security, self-esteem, sense of belonging, sense of responsibility, and accountability [Table 2] and tendency to addiction and its three social, individual, and environmental dimension [Table 3]. The mean score of responsibility, self-esteem, and security in girls in Grade 12 was significantly higher than other groups (32.84 ± 7.87, P < 0.001; 40.49 ± 7.68, P < 0.001; and 42.22 ± 9.52, P = 0.001). The boys of the 11th grade had a lower mean score of accountability than the other grade groups (25.62 ± 9.43, P < 0.001).
Table 2: The mean score of responsibility subscales in students based on grade and sex

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Table 3: The mean score of addiction tendency dimensions in students based on sex and grade

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The lowest mean score of addiction tendency in the environmental dimension was for girls in the 9th and 12th grades, which had a significant difference with boys in Grades 11th and 12th (P = 0.04 and P = 0.03). The difference in the mean score of the social dimension of addiction tendency in boys in Grade 9 was significant in comparison with girls at the same grade (P = 0.001), boys in Grade 10 (P = 0.01), and girls in Grade 12 (P < 0.05). The highest mean score was for boys in the 9th grade, and the lowest score was for girls in the 12th grade. In the individual dimension of addiction tendency, the girls in the 12th grade had the lowest score and the boys in the 11th grade had the highest score.

The total responsibility score was measured based on its subscales, and it was significantly different between two genders (216.18 ± 44.39 in girls vs. 203.79 ± 50.82 in boys, P = 0.004). Measurement of the total score of addiction tendency showed that girls had a lower trend than boys (32.30 ± 11.20 vs. 35.73 ± 12.05, P = 0.001).

To predict the tendency to addiction, according to the demographic variables and responsibility scales, a linear regression test was performed. The analysis showed that the defined model was appropriate (R2 = 0.66, P < 0.001). Parents' education, sex, responsibility, feeling of belonging, and sense of security could predict addiction tendency in students. The results are shown in [Table 4].
Table 4: Variable predicting addiction tendency in students by linear regression test

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  Discussion Top

The main purpose of this study was to investigate the addiction tendency status and the relationship between responsibility and addiction tendency among high school students in Isfahan.

Findings showed that boys have more addiction tendency than girls. In 2015, Zare Shahabadi et al. conducted a study and the results were the same.[16]

In the present study, there is no significant correlation between parents' job and addiction tendency, but the level of their education affected it, and the addiction tendency was significantly lower in the children of more educated parents. Inconsistent with our results, Rounaghi et al. found adolescents whose mothers had university degree and fathers were retired with literacy to read and write, had more tendencies to addiction. The different results can be due to the difference between the age, marital status, level of education, and cultural discrepancy of the statistical population.[17]

In this study, age, grade, and students' attendance status did not have an effect on addiction tendency, whereas Heradstveit et al. found that more drinking and drug abuse can lead to more school absenteeism. This result can be due to the difference in culture and training system.[18]

In our study, girls were more responsible than boys. Panah and Hekmat and also Iman in their studies found similar results.[19],[20]

Inconsistent with our study, Movahed et al. on 598 teenagers with age of 14–18 years in Kurdistan and Kurdlo in Tehran on 497 high schoolers concluded that there is no significant relationship between responsibility and gender. This different conclusion can be due to ethnicity and cultural discrepancy.[21],[14]

The number of indoor activities did not differ between girls and boys in the present study, which is inconsistent with the results of Khaje Noori et al., whereas similar to their research, in our study, the boys' out-of-home activities were significantly higher than girls. Moreover, neither affected the addiction tendency. The difference in some results can be due to variation in culture and location of the studies.[2]

The finding showed a significant relationship between addiction tendency and responsibility in adolescents in such a way that adolescents with more responsibility had a lower tendency to addiction, which is consistent with previous studies.[10],[22]

In 2010 a study conducted by Rezaei et al. found that conscientious had a lower tendency to addiction. It is noteworthy that conscientiousness is one of the five personality types that consist of six traits that one of them is the responsibility.[10]

Fisher et al. in their study expressed that responsibility can reduce the probability of return to drug abuse and heavy alcohol use in 108 adults.[22]

One of the limitations of this study was the type of research that, with a cross-sectional design, we cannot precisely study the causality relationship. Other limitations of this study were the number of questions. Although it was attempted to respond to questions at a time when students are comfortable, and in a confident place, some students were tired of answering questions.

  Conclusion Top

Overall, the study showed that responsibility, sense of security, and belonging and demographic factors such as sex and parental education have related to addiction tendency.


We thank all students, school administrators, and education officials as well as the vice-chancellor for research at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences for their cooperation in implementing this project.

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Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

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