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Recovery capital in the process of change-differences and similarities between groups of clients treated for alcohol or drug problems
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2014 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 17, no 1, 58-73 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The study investigated clients' retrospective descriptions of the impact of treatment interventions as well as other contextual factors in the clients' process of recovery. The data set was divided into two groups based on the clients' social integration, one marginalized and one integrated group, and analyzed for qualitative group-related differences in common factors described by the clients. The results showed some group-related differences in the process of change. When a process of change was initiated, family-related problems were more often severe for clients in the marginalized group than for those in the integrated group. Important factors for maintaining positive change were to a greater extent present in the integrated group while the marginalized group recreated them during treatment, for example by creating new social networks and getting employment. With these differences in mind, both groups stressed the same type of factors as important for a process of change. This might suggest that although the clients in the marginalized group had restored their external social conditions during treatment, their actual recovery capital was in general more fragile than that of clients in the integrated group and hence these clients might be in need of extended support after treatment.

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2014. Vol. 17, no 1, 58-73 p.
Keyword [en]
recovery capital, alcohol and drug treatment, process of change
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Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-93666DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2012.739559ISI: 000329776600006OAI: diva2:647679
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2013-09-12 Created: 2013-09-12 Last updated: 2014-02-17Bibliographically approved

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