Societal images of addiction and recovery – first results from a Swedish representative study
2006 (English)Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Previous research has shown that long-term recovery from addiction problems – whether assisted or unassisted – is strongly influenced by other people’s actions and reactions. However, although we know that the “governing images” of various addictions vary with time and place, we lack a systematic understanding of the views and beliefs that underlie the way in which people who are trying to move out of an addiction are met, by professionals and by those in their “natural environment”. This paper present first results from a study aimed at “mapping” lay and professional attitudes to and images of addiction and recovery in Sweden. The paper gives a descriptive first overview of the “social representation” of various addictions in Sweden, the perceived odds for recovery from these addictions – with and without treatment – and of how varying images and attitudes are related to, e.g. demographic factors, political-ideological orientation and personal experiences in the addiction field. Later analyses will look deeper into these relations and also compare lay and professional views on addiction and recovery.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-11267OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-11267DiVA: diva2:177786
Paper prepared for the 32nd Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol, Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands 2006 May 29-June22008-01-132008-01-13Bibliographically approved