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Substance Use And Social Identity In The Lesbian Community_Jls.Pdf, Molly Kerby Jan 2008

Substance Use And Social Identity In The Lesbian Community_Jls.Pdf, Molly Kerby

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Although the study results report discrepancies in the rates of substance abuse in the lesbian community, the general consensus in the field of gay and lesbian studies is that these individuals, as a whole, have a higher rate of substance use. For this study, data were collected via the Internet on the use of drugs and alcohol, level of self-esteem, and degree of social identity in the lesbian community. A correlation analysis was used to determine if negative social identity within the lesbian community leads to low self-esteem that is reflected in higher rates of substance abuse. Though a positive ...