Multiple drug use and depression: Gender differences among African-Americans in a high-risk community

Min Qi Wang, Charles B. Collins, Ralph J. DiClemente, Gina Wingood, Connie L. Kohler

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Abstract

This study compared gender differences associated with depression and multiple drug use (alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine) among African-Americans in a high-risk community. A street sample (N= 553) from four high-risk communities in Birmingham, Alabama, was collected through personal interviews. Interviewers asked respondents about their drug-use behavior in the past 30 days, as well as about their depressive symptoms during the past week. Two-way factorial analysis of variance and follow-up tests showed that depression scores were significantly higher for women than for men among all levels of drug use. This difference was greatest when drug use involved cocaine and/or crack.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-96
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Alcohol and Drug Education
Volume43
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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