Knowledge, attitudes, and substance use practices among street children in Western Kenya

Lonnie Embleton, David Ayuku, Lukoye Atwoli, Rachel Vreeman, Paula Braitstein

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The study describes the knowledge of and attitudes toward substance use among street-involved youth in Kenya, and how they relate to their substance use practices. In 2011, 146 children and youth ages 1019 years, classified as either children on the street or children of the street were recruited to participate in a cross-sectional survey in Eldoret, Kenya. Bivariate analysis using χ 2 or Fisher's Exact Test was used to test the associations between variables, and multiple logistic regression analysis was used to identify independent covariates associated with lifetime and current drug use. The study's limitations and source of funding are noted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1234-1247
Number of pages14
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012


  • Attitudes
  • Inhalants
  • Knowledge
  • Resource-constrained
  • Street children
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine(all)

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