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Health: Drug Use: Turkey
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Most scholars agree on the importance of the factor of gender for drug use and addiction, and there are many scientific studies of gender and drug use, but with a focus on Western countries (Kauffman, Silver, and Poulin 1997). There is a large research gap regarding drug-using women in Muslim societies. Scholars agree that women and men turn to drugs for gender-specific reasons. Drug-dependent women are more likely to use drugs to cope with negative moods, to have attempted suicide, and to have internalized problems in childhood. In general, women take drugs more to reliev…

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Holzer, Tilmann, “Health: Drug Use: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0170d>
First published online: 2009

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