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Journal of Sociology and Anthropology. 2021, 5(1), 25-29
DOI: 10.12691/jsa-5-1-4
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Effect of Mûgûka Chewing by the Youth on Criminal Activities in Kibwezi West Sub-county

Justin Musyoka Julius1, Harrison Maithya1 and Jonathan M. Mwania2,

1Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Community Development, South Eastern Kenya University, Kenya

2Department of Educational Psychology, South Eastern Kenya University, Kenya

Pub. Date: November 19, 2021

Cite this paper:
Justin Musyoka Julius, Harrison Maithya and Jonathan M. Mwania. Effect of Mûgûka Chewing by the Youth on Criminal Activities in Kibwezi West Sub-county. Journal of Sociology and Anthropology. 2021; 5(1):25-29. doi: 10.12691/jsa-5-1-4

Abstract

One of the drugs that is widely abused by the youth in Kenya is mûgûka. National Council Against Drug Abuse reports that approximately 100,000 people in Makueni County consume muguka 92% of whom are youth. Despite this high percentage, few studies on the impact of chewing mûgûka by the youth have been conducted and adequately documented. This paper reports on the socioeconomic effect of mûgûka chewing particularly the anti-social behaviours concomitant of the abuse of this substance among the youth in Makueni County. The study on which this paper draws employed a descriptive research design and targeted informants inthree market centres of Kibwezi, Makindu, and Emali sub counties. 378 youth were selected using simple random sampling. Data were collected using questionnaires, observations and key informant interviews. Simple descriptive statistics were derived from quantitative data while qualitative data are presented as verbatim quotes. The findings indicated that criminal activities were positively correlated with mûgûka chewing (r=0.794, α<0.000). It is concluded that the youth who abuse mûgûka are more likely to engage in antisocial activities and behaviours in the study community.

Keywords:
youth chewing mûgûka criminal activities anti-social behaviours

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