The focus of this proposed 36 months exploratory qualitative project is to investigate adolescents and young adults who use club drugs in the San Francisco Bay Area. We will focus on the following five research issues: 1) What are the social settings in which club drugs are taken? 2) What are the social, gender and ethnic characteristics of the users of club drugs? 3) What club drugs are currently used, and in what combinations? 4) What are the beliefs, expectations, motivations and perceived attractions for initial and subsequent use of various club drugs, and what are the perceived risks and benefits? 5) What are the psychological, physical and social consequences experienced by those who use club drugs? Using primarily qualitative and ethnographic research methods, we plan to locate and interview 300 young adults who use club drugs, between the ages of 16-25, who have used one or more club drugs three or more times in the previous six months. Half of the proposed sample will be women (150) and half men (150). By utilizing a club drugs screening instrument, a pre-coded descriptive socio-demographic data form, an in-depth semi-structured interview, and a club drugs use matrix, we will examine the complex inter-relationship between club drugs, the users and the social settings. This project is important for two reasons: First, as indicated by our survey of the literature on club drugs, little information is readily available on the use of club drugs by young adults in the U.S., nor on the social world of dance clubs or dance parties, and therefore the use of an exploratory and qualitative approach is appropriate and will remedy an existing and significant research gap by developing detailed information. Second this exploratory project will provide much needed empirical information on the recent increase in the use of club drugs in order to design more effective and appropriate public health initiatives and prevention messages to alert young adults about the dangers of these drugs.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Type
Research Project (R01)
Project #
5R01DA014317-02
Application #
6523337
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-EDC-2 (02))
Program Officer
Obrien, Moira
Project Start
2001-09-01
Project End
2004-08-31
Budget Start
2002-09-01
Budget End
2003-08-31
Support Year
2
Fiscal Year
2002
Total Cost
$448,774
Indirect Cost
Name
Scientific Analysis Corporation
Department
Type
DUNS #
City
San Francisco
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
94107
Hunt, Geoffrey; Kolind, Torsten; Antin, Tamar (2018) Conceptualizing ethnicity in alcohol and drug research: Epidemiology meets social theory. J Ethn Subst Abuse 17:187-198
Hunt, Geoffrey; Moloney, Molly; Fazio, Adam (2014) ""A cool little buzz"": alcohol intoxication in the dance club scene. Subst Use Misuse 49:968-81
Joe-Laidler, Karen; Hunt, Geoffrey; Moloney, Molly (2014) 'Tuned Out or Tuned In': Spirituality and Youth Drug Use in Global Times. Past Present 222:61-80
Moloney, Molly; Hunt, Geoffrey P (2012) Consumption, drugs and style: Constructing intra-ethnic boundaries in Asian American youth cultures. Drugs (Abingdon Engl) 19:462-473
Hunt, Geoffrey; Moloney, Molly; Evans, Kristin (2011) ""HOW ASIAN AM I?"" ASIAN AMERICAN YOUTH CULTURES, DRUG USE, AND ETHNIC IDENTITY CONSTRUCTION. Youth Soc 43:274-304
Fazio, Adam; Hunt, Geoffrey; Moloney, Molly (2011) ""It's one of the better drugs to use"": perceptions of cocaine use among gay and bisexual Asian American men. Qual Health Res 21:625-41
Hunt, Geoffrey; Moloney, Molly; Fazio, Adam (2011) Embarking on large-scale qualitative research: reaping the benefits of mixed methods in studying youth, clubs and drugs. Nordisk Alkohol Nark 28:433-452
Fazio, A; Joe-Laidler, K; Moloney, M et al. (2010) GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND ETHNICITY AS FACTORS OF CLUB DRUG USE AMONG ASIAN AMERICANS. J Drug Issues 40:405-432
Hunt, Geoffrey P; Bailey, Noelani; Evans, Kristin et al. (2009) COMBINING DIFFERENT SUBSTANCES IN THE DANCE SCENE: ENHANCING PLEASURE, MANAGING RISK AND TIMING EFFECTS. J Drug Issues 39:495-522
Hunt, Geoffrey; Moloney, Molly; Evans, Kristin (2009) EPIDEMIOLOGY MEETS CULTURAL STUDIES: STUDYING AND UNDERSTANDING YOUTH CULTURES, CLUBS AND DRUGS. Addict Res Theory 17:601-621

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