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Substance use framed as situational action
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3101-0346
2017 (English)Report (Other academic)
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Abstract [en]

The article first aimed at identifying important theories and research which have been suggested to explain why people use substances. Over the years the research field has become immense and scattered, to some extent divided and specialized, which restrains the potential of knowing what matters most. A second aim was therefore to show how these various aspects could be incorporated into a common theoretical framework. Three central theoretical traits were identified in the literature, suggesting that substance use is affected by laws and policies in society, norms and behaviours of others and people’s individual characteristics. This fits well with the Situational Action Theory suggesting that individual and environmental factors matter, but that the interaction between them is most important, and further clarifies the patterns and links between different explanations. This is helpful when determining the real causes of substance use and might further assist in selecting between various policy approaches.

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Stockholm: Department of Sociology, Stockholm University , 2017. , p. 38
Series
Department of Sociology Working Paper Series ; 29
Keywords [en]
Situational Action Theory (SAT), Substance Use/Abuse, Alcohol, Illegal substances, Medical drugs
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-151455OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-151455DiVA, id: diva2:1173341
Projects
Explanations of alcohol and narcotic use and the link to violence among young people: the interplay between person and environmentPeterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2013-2730Available from: 2018-01-12 Created: 2018-01-12 Last updated: 2018-02-20Bibliographically approved

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