18. Women, Ethnic Minorities and Vulnerable Populations

  1. Professor G. Hussein Rassool PhD, MSc, BA, FRSPH, ILTM Cert. Ed., Cert. Couns., Cert. Director Visiting Professor Formerly Senior Lecturer1,2,3

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch18

Addiction for Nurses

Addiction for Nurses

How to Cite

Rassool, G. H. (2010) Women, Ethnic Minorities and Vulnerable Populations, in Addiction for Nurses, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch18

Author Information

  1. 1

    Departamento de Psiquiatria e Ciências Humanas da Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

  2. 2

    Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

  3. 3

    Department of Addictive Behaviour and Psychological Medicine, Centre for Addiction Studies, St George's University of London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187466

Online ISBN: 9781444327816



  • women, ethnic minorities and vulnerable populations;
  • women and substance misuse;
  • alcohol and drug misuse in women - in black and ethnic minority communities, young people, the elderly and homelessness;
  • women's alcohol and drug misuse - viewed in the context of women's role in contemporary society;
  • physical, psychological and social effects of alcohol - more severe for women than for men;
  • smoking, associated with withdrawal-like symptoms;
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), term used to describe - full range of mental and physical features in some babies;
  • blood-borne viruses, as HIV and hepatitis B and C - transmitted from mother to baby;
  • Standing Conference on Drug Abuse (SCODA 1989) - useful practical guidelines for professionals working with drug-using parents for assessing risk to children;
  • homelessness, problem in UK - three-quarters of homeless people, having history of problematic substance misuse


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Women and substance misuse

  • Black and ethnic minority communities and substance misuse

  • The elderly and substance misuse

  • Homelessness and substance misuse

  • Young people and substance misuse

  • References