Gender differences in drug use : a mixed-methods research in China
Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University
Sociology Seminar Series 2023-2024
3:30 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m.
Globally, approximately 36.3 million people aged 15-64 suffer from drug addiction (UNODC, 2021). In recent years, the number of drug users in China has shown an overall downward trend, but the proportion of women among drug users has shown an upward trend.
The data were collected from four provinces of China in 2017-2018. Adopting a mixed-method approach, this study included 1,027 questionnaires and 56 in-depth interviews conducted among drug users. The research participants were cither detained in compulsory detoxification institutions or undergoing drug treatment in communities during the research.
The results of quantitative analysis showed that gender could moderate the correlation between research participants’ attitudes toward drug use and their actual frequency of drug use. The results of qualitative analysis further revealed gender differences in drug use motivation and the mental or behavioral consequences of drug use between men and women. This study suggests that drug education and drug treatment programs should be targeting different gender groups.
Zhang, S. Y. (2023, October 27). Gender differences in drug use: A mixed-methods research in China [Video podcast]. Retrieved from https://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/967/