Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Gender and Addiction

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit examines how gender impacts on addiction by engaging with the gendered dimension of drug use and other addictive disorders. It will explore how men and women experience different addiction trajectories and register differences in prevalence rates, health-related correlates, intervention and social reintegration. The study-unit will also examine how women and men require different modes of intervention.

Study-unit Aims:

- The study-unit aims to engage students with the gendered dimension of substance use and other addictive disorders;

- Through an analysis of the local and international literature, the unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to critically explore gender differences in:
    - prevalence;
    - substance use and other addictive career trajectories;
    - health related correlates;
    - treatment, and social reintegration.

- It also aims to introduce students to gender mainstreaming in the field of addictive behaviour.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- critically engage with the concept of gender in relation to addiction;
- explain how gender impacts on addictive career trajectories;
- critically engage with the evidence;
- explain how the biological, social, cultural and economic variables impact on the development and cessation of addictive careers;
- engage with the concept of gender mainstreaming in policy and practice.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- evaluate and critique research evidence on addiction in relation to the gender dimension;
- prepare a written submission reflecting a critical understand of how gender impacts on addictive careers;
- apply gender constructs to policy and practice in the field of addictive behaviour.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main text

- Brady, K. ,Back, S. & Greenfield, S. (2009) Women and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook NY: The Guilford Press.

Recommended reading

- Clark, M. (2015) The gender dimension of non-medical use of prescription drugs in Europe and the Mediterranean region Strasbourg: Pompidou Group, CoE.
- Back S. E. et al. (2010), “Gender and prescription opioids: Findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health”, Addictive Behaviors, 35, pp. 1001-7.
- Back S. E. et al. (2011), “Characteristics and correlates of men and women with prescription opioid dependence”, Addictive Behaviors, 36, pp. 829-34.
- Greenfeld S. F. et al. (2007). “Substance abuse treatment entry, retention, and outcome in women: A review of the literature”, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 86(1), pp. 1-21.
- Tuchman E (2010) Journal of Addictive Disorders. Women and addiction: the importance of gender issues in substance abuse research.pp.127-38.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Marilyn Clark
David Debono
Marceline Naudi
Petra Scicluna
Anna Maria Vella (Co-ord.)

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