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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2009) Thematic paper: Women’s voices: experiences and perceptions of women facing drug problems. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities.

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Epidemiological studies routinely collect quantitative data on gender differences in drug use (e.g. prevalence, mortality), but far less is published on the qualitative aspects of female drug problems. This review presents quotations gleaned from interviews with women in eight countries. Through these testimonies, the report illustrates how qualitative research can provide glimpses into the experiences and perceptions of women facing drug issues that statistics alone cannot provide.

Table of contents:

* Confusion for women as parents of drug users
* Neglect and physical and sexual abuse
* Childcare and being a ‘good’ mother
* Women in prison
* Stigma, policies and practices that make it difficult for women to access services
* Discussion and conclusions


Date:March 2009
Pages:24 p.
Publisher:Office for Official Publications of the European Communities
Corporate Creators:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Luxembourg
ISBN:978-92-9168-350-5
Edition:EMCDDA Thematic Paper Series
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Correctional system and facility > Prison
R Research > Type of research study > Empirical study > Qualitative study
T Demographic characteristics > Woman (women / female)
F Concepts in psychology > Attitude and behaviour > Attitude toward substance use
T Demographic characteristics > Substance user

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