Gender differences in drug offers of rural Hawaiian youths: A mixed-methods analysis

Scott K. Okamoto, Stephen Kulis, Susana Helm, Christopher Edwards, Danielle Giroux

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This study examined the gender differences in drug-offer situations of Native Hawaiian youths in rural communities. Youths from seven middle or intermediate schools (N = 194) on the Big Island of Hawai'i completed a survey that focused on the drug offers they had received. Multivariate and bivariate analyses indicated that the girls received significantly more drug offers than did the boys in the sample and found it more difficult to refuse drugs in such situations. Qualitative data gathered from communities in the survey's sampling frame elucidated the quantitative findings. Limitations of the study and implications for prevention practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-306
Number of pages16
JournalAffilia - Journal of Women and Social Work
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010


  • Ethnic issues
  • Family relationships
  • Gender
  • Peers and friends
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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