Perceived social network and support functions among substance abusers: Does gender matter?

Yih-Tsu Hahn*, Doris Chu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objectives: Social support plays an important role in the recovery of substance abuse. Studies show that the more people in the network with positive functions, the better the treatment outcomes. However, only few studies have focused on gender differences in the treatment context in Taiwan. This study examined the size and composition of social network, and the functions of social support between male and female substance abusers in the recovery process.

Method: Participants included one hundred and forty participants (120 males and 20 females) with a drug and alcohol abuse history who lived in several private treatment communities in Taiwan. A series of questionnaires, including self-reported mapping of social network size and a 16-item measure of perceived social support function, were conducted with the participants. The total social support index was calculated based on the size of social network multiplied by the categorized social support function.

Results: The total social support index of females was found to be significantly higher than that of males (p
Conclusion: Gender differences should be taken into consideration while implementing substance abuse interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th CIFA Regional Symposium 2021: Family First
Subtitle of host publicationSupporting Asian Families in the Era of Inclusive Growth
Place of PublicationHong Kong
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Regional Symposium of the Consortium of Institutes on Family in the Asian Region (CIFA) - Virtual
Duration: 10 Jun 202111 Jun 2021


Conference6th Regional Symposium of the Consortium of Institutes on Family in the Asian Region (CIFA)

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