Women and substance abuse: Examining the factors influencing relapse

Razali, Asbah and Madon, Zainal and Hassan, Mohammed Salah (2021) Women and substance abuse: Examining the factors influencing relapse. Asian Women, 37 (3). pp. 51-73. ISSN 1225-925X, DOI https://doi.org/10.14431/aw.2021.

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Substance abuse in society is a source of concern, especially since it is spreading among women. Previously, substance abuse was associated with drug use by men, but today, women are increasingly involved as well. The purpose of this study is to determine the factors that influence relapse among female former addicts. This was a cross-sectional study of 50 former substance abusers, six months after receiving treatment at the Cure & Care Rehabilitation Centre. All respondents completed the questionnaires and the outcome was evaluated by the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). The results show a positive and significant relationship between family support and relapse (r = 0.183), and there is a positive and significant relationship between support from friends and relapse (r = 0.009). On the other hand, there is a significant but negative relationship between motivation and relapse (r = -0.387). There is also a significant negative relationship between self-esteem and relapse (r = -0.035). Women with drug addiction suffer from multiple stresses and a high risk of relapse and require significant social support from family and friends to resist the urge to relapse. It may be concluded that the inclination to relapse decreases when there is an increase in family and friend support, motivation, and self-esteem.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Relapse; Women substance abuse; Addiction; Social support; High risk; Motivation; Self-esteem
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Departmen of Anthropology & Sociology
Faculty of Business and Economics
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2022 03:13
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2022 03:13
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/27227

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