Substance use and treatment needs: constructions of gender in Swedish addiction care
2015 (English)In: Contemporary Drug Problems, ISSN 0091-4509, E-ISSN 2163-1808, Vol. 42, no 3, 188-208 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Men’s and women’s drinking tend to elicit different societal reactions, which may be attributed to different perceptions of masculinity and femininity. This study analyzes addiction care practitioners’ constructions of substance use and treatment needs in relation to gender. Data were collected by means of six focus group interviews with 30 addiction care practitioners. An interpretative repertoire of difference emerged, whereby women were constructed as being different from men in psychological, social, and biological respects. The practitioners related to gender in addiction care as an ideological dilemma resulting from the contradictory ideals of on the one hand treating everybody equally and on the other giving special attention to what is regarded as women’s needs. Reflections emerged regarding the need to be aware of one’s own stereotyped assumptions, and also to be attentive toward men’s specific problems, thus constituting a reflective repertoire. In order to avoid potentially stereotyped treatment, the application of a gender-sensitive approach should acknowledge the variety of ways in which femininity and masculinity may be performed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 42, no 3, 188-208 p.
addiction care, gender-sensitive approach, practitioners, interpretative repertoires, ideological dilemma, focus group interviews
Research subject Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112129DOI: 10.1177/0091450915592912OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-112129DiVA: diva2:778196
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2007-2131