Gender and Addictions

The gender approach provides a guide for interpreting differences related to sexual identity, enabling a more comprehensive understanding of how the traditional approach of gender negatively impacts problematic drug use. This social construct affects both men and women, assigning them roles that limit their development potential and suppressing qualities socially associated with the other gender. In this process of configuring social relations, the gender approach becomes especially relevant in analysis and professional intervention as a producer or transformer of gender stereotypes.

By María Fernanda Fuentes Sánchez, Social worker, Maule Catholic University – social worker at the Romeral Dianova Treatment Centre (Curicó, Chile)

Keywords: Gender, addictions, gender roles, domestic environment, victims.

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