A Comparative Study among Orphans and Non-Orphans on Intelligence and Substance-Use

A Comparative Study among Orphans and Non-Orphans on Intelligence and Substance-Use

ABSTRACT

This study explores whether intelligence is influenced by the status of being an Orphan or Non-Orphan. A secondary purpose is to explore whether differences in status (orphan/non-orphan) have influenced them towards substance use. The study is based on purposive sampling of 42 male orphans, 16 female orphans (58 orphans) and 36 male non-orphans, 36 female non-orphans (72 non-orphans). Results of analysis of variance (ANOVA) indicate that low intelligence level is not significantly related with being an orphan and substance use too is not positively significantly influenced by the status of being an orphan. Finally, the findings of the current study suggest that orphans are no more at risk for developing substance abuse disorder and no less intellectually capable than non-orphans.

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