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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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HERNANDEZ RODRIGUEZ, Verónica Margarita  and  SCHERER, Zeyne Alves Pires. Undergraduate students' motivations for the consumption of legal drugs. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.spe, pp.572-576. ISSN 1518-8345.

This qualitative research aimed at identifying conceptions held by undergraduate students regarding the term motivation, and motives leading them to the consumption of legal drugs. Data were collected through a questionnaire with four open questions, applied to 15 students of a public university in the central region of Mexico. In order to perform the data analysis, answers were classified in two categories: a) Undergraduate students' conceptions regarding the term motivation and b) Undergraduate students' conceptions regarding the motives for consumption. Such analysis indicated that students identify two types of motivations: external and internal. The external motivation includes family, mass media and friends; whereas internal motivation includes personal characteristics, need of belonging, curiosity, pleasure and idleness.

Keywords : motivation; student; students, nursing.

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