Co-Occurrence of Study Difficulty, Psychoactive Substance Use/Abuse and Psychiatric Morbidity among Undergraduate Students and the Organization of the Future

Uchendu U.I., Ukonu O.I.


Management practitioners and students have always been interested and concerned about human resource behaviour in the organizations. Ideally, there should have been a positive correlation between accumulated knowledge from higher institutions and improved human resource behaviour in the organizations but this has not been so yet. Despite all the accumulated knowledge on behaviour, human problems have continued to pose a major challenge confronting organizations. Axiomatically, graduates turned out from Higher Institutions should be knowledgeable enough to carry the future organization to the next level. However, in a situation where the students have difficulty in their studies, they might turn out to be ‘half baked’ students who will not be able to have the adequate competences to give the organization of the future the competitive edge they need to succeed. The state of mental health of any student is vital in pursuance of excellent academic career. The co-occurrence of study difficulty, psychoactive substance use/abuse and psychiatric morbidity termed (‘The Triad’) in students definitely would have detrimental effects on their mental health.  The three pronged negative impact of’ “The Triad” on mental health of the university students had led to school dropouts, and extra  years of studying in the university, with  the attendant economic burden and social consequences on their families and the society at large. The objective of this study is to provide information on the extent of the co-occurrence of study difficulty, psychoactive substance use and psychiatric morbidity among students in our universities and how it might after organizational competence and competitive edge in the future. Also, the study seeks to provide insight that may be useful in enhancing students’ academic performance, reduction of psychoactive substance use/abuse among students and, the development of mental health hygiene conducive to academic work among students

Key words: study difficulty, psychoactive substance use/abuse, psychiatric morbidity, organization of the future, TRIAD

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