The gendered intersection of violence and drug use among people who use methamphetamine in San Diego County, California

Hitomi D Hayashi, The University of Texas School of Public Health

Abstract

The following three papers aimed to explore the impact of methamphetamine (meth) use and the meth-using environment on the lives of meth-using men and women in San Diego County, California. This dissertation research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse through an R36 dissertation research award (Grant #R36DA03901201, Hayashi HD).^ The study sample for all three papers included heterosexual meth-using men and women who were ≥18 years of age, resided in San Diego County, California, and had a current steady intimate partner. Paper 1 presents a cross-sectional analysis using baseline data from FASTLANE-II, an HIV behavioral intervention conducted between 2006 and 2010 in San Diego, California. The analysis for paper 1 aimed to identify risk factors associated with recent intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization among FASTLANE-II participants. Findings from this research support gender-specific risk/protective factors for IPV among meth users including sexual risk-taking behaviors and interpersonal factors. Papers 2 and 3 were based on original qualitative data collected from July 2015 to December 2015 in San Diego County, California. The results of this research indicate important gender differences in the initiation and continued use of meth, experience of IPV, and perceived impact of meth use on the lives of meth users. This research highlights the need for gender specific, multi-pronged, and multi-level interventions that speak to the specific experiences and hardship of meth-using men and women.^

Subject Area

Social research|Behavioral sciences|Gender studies

Recommended Citation

Hayashi, Hitomi D, "The gendered intersection of violence and drug use among people who use methamphetamine in San Diego County, California" (2016). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI10126732.
http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/dissertations/AAI10126732

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