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A social identity approach to party drug use and associated harm minimisation

conference contribution
posted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by A Hynes, Lucille Zinkiewicz
This project investigated party (club) drug use and associated harm minimisation strategies of party drug users (N = 72), by gender and sexual
orientation, to determine whether drug use and harm minimisation behaviours differ in particular social groups.Adopting a social identity approach, this project also explored the existence of a party drug user social identity in relation to harmful party drug behaviours and harm minimisation
strategies.Results indicated that males and females showed similar patterns of harmful party drug use and harm minimisation, whilst heterosexuals and homosexuals differed slightly in their patterns of harmful party drug use, and more substantially in their patterns of harm minimisation.Furthermore, results showed some evidence for the existence of a party drug user social identity, which was related to party drug use within a clear social context, and to experiencing fewer party drug related problems.The authors conclude that harm minimisation initiatives need to be designed for particular social groups, such as heterosexuals or homosexuals, targeting their particular patterns of party drug use, and
suggest that effective harm minimisation strategies should incorporate both the social context in which the behaviour occurs, and the social norms of party drug use by particular social groups.

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Event

Australian Psychological Society. Conference (42nd : 2007 : Brisbane, Qld.)

Pagination

216 - 221

Publisher

Australian Psychological Society

Location

Brisbane, Qld.

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

Start date

2007-09-25

End date

2007-09-29

ISBN-13

9780909881337

ISBN-10

0909881332

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed; E Conference publication

Editor/Contributor(s)

K Moore

Title of proceedings

Proceedings of 42nd annual conference : psychology making an impact

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