Socio- Economic Impact of Khat Addiction on the Family Wellbeing in Dire Dawa City in Particular in Sub-City Of Sabean

Shambel Tufa Telila


The main purpose of this research is to investigate the socio-economic impact of khat addiction on well-being family among peoples of Dire Dawa particularly in the Sub- city of Sabean. Ethiopians especially the people of Dire Dawa has experienced chewing Khat for a long period of time. They had been socially and culturally on emphasizing of chewing Khat and an unaware about the impact of khat on family wellbeing less recognized the prevalence of consumption, and existing dominant discourse on family.

Therefore, chewers have caused much family harm that include the socio- economic, problems, and family broken down that strike children, which would be investigated by this research. The number of khat chewers increases from day to day particularly more men are highly addicted than females for thinking if they were  relaxed, doing better, and to enjoy with friend. Smoking and drinking alcohol was highly associated with khat chewing. Majority of khat chewer lead to serious problems related to social and economic dependence than non- chewer, who were found to be better than that of khat users on their overall activities.

To bring this paper into being the researcher had looked into gap, which had been identified as socio-economic impact of khat on well-being of family in Dire Dawa city and sub- city of Sabean. The data was collected by structured interviews and field observation that have been gathered and analyzed by using qualitative method of data analysis. 

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