Gender Differences in Psychosocial Correlates of Drug Use

  • Yuet Wah Cheung
  • Nicole Wai-ting Cheung
Part of the Quality of Life in Asia book series (QLAS, volume 11)


This chapter addressed the popular issue of gender differences in drug use by comparing how psychosocial variables had affected continuation/discontinuation of drug use in the male and female groups in the longitudinal survey. It also examined how each of the psychosocial variables had been affected by the other psychosocial variables in the two gender groups. Results showed that permissiveness to occasional drug use, life satisfaction at the concurrent time point, and drug use in the last 30 days at the previous time point were significant for males and females, but permissiveness to regular drug use and self-esteem at the previous time point were significant only for males, and depression was only significant for females. Implications of gender differences in the continuation/discontinuation of drug use, as well as in how psychosocial variables had affected each other, were discussed with respect to the concept of gendered normalization, changes in gender role identification, and the roles of life satisfaction and depression in drug use.


Gender differences Psychosocial variables Gendered normalization Gender role identification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuet Wah Cheung
    • 1
  • Nicole Wai-ting Cheung
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyHong Kong Shue Yan UniversityHong KongChina
  2. 2.Department of SociologyThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina

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