Exploring gender differences in the vulnerability towards drug abuse among adolescents in Malaysia

Wan Shahrazad Wan Sulaiman, and Mohammad Rahim Kamaluddin, and Ezarina Zakaria, and Fauziah Ibrahim, and Nazirah Hassan, and Jamiah Manap, and Salina Nen, and Zainah Ahmad Zamani, and Fatimah Yusooff, (2021) Exploring gender differences in the vulnerability towards drug abuse among adolescents in Malaysia. Psikohumaniora: Jurnal Penelitian Psikologi. ISSN 2502-9363

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Protective and risk factors are important in reducing vulnerability towards drug abuse among adolescents. This study, therefore, aims to explore gender differences in such vulnerability in high-risk areas identified by the National AntiDrugs Agency Malaysia. The study employs a survey design, with questionnaires distributed to 213 adolescents who fulfilled the inclusion criteria. The researchers developed the questionnaire and comprised five parts: the demographic profile, interpersonal conflict, negative emotions, social support, and mental health. The data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The results show no significant gender differences in interpersonal conflict, negative emotions, and mental health. However, there was a significant difference in social support based on gender, with females showing a higher mean than males. These findings imply the importance of identifying the relevant factors to prevent early involvement in drug abuse. (Abstract by author)

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender, vulnerability, drug abuse
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Cluster of Education and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Siti Norfazila Ismail
Date Deposited: 18 May 2021 02:44
Last Modified: 18 May 2021 02:44
URI: http://library.oum.edu.my/repository/id/eprint/1339

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