Background: Working adolescents is a risk group open to every kind of exploitation in their work lives as they have not completed
their development period yet. Inappropriate working conditions cause permanent physical and mental problems in adolescents.
Objectives: This study was done with purpose to determine psychological situations and substance use profile of working youth who
continuing for apprentceship training.
Methods: The young (N=250) that are continuing to a apprenticeship training center being in center of Sivas formed universe of this
study. 189 young people who accepted to participate in the study and to fill in the forms were taken. Datas of research were collected
with questionnaire form and General Health Questionnaire-28 (GHQ-28) that formed by researchers. Five and more points show the
risk with respect to mental health in GHQ-28. In statistical analyses, it was used frequency distribution, average, t test, Kruskall
Wallis and Mann Whitney U test.
Results: It indicated that %61.4 of adults have smoked cigarette, %16.9 have consumed alcohol, %4.8 have used thinner and %3.7
extasy. It was determined that GHQ point average of teenagers was 5.92±6.72 and %42.3 of them had risk with respect to mental
health, GHQ points of woman and users of any substance were high statistically significant (p<0.05).
Conclusion: In study, it was seen that in working young people who continuing for vocational training, use of substance was more
than average of community, and nearly half of them had risk with respect to mental health in level what will requiring psychiatric.
Keywords: Working youth, the use of substance, mental disorders