Addiction as a functional representation

John B. Davies, Derek Heim, Bill Cheyne, Jonathan Smallwood

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Abstract

This study examined how perceptions of the addicted state vary as a function of social conditions, personal circumstances and type of substance. University students (n = 144) were presented with portrayals of drug users in which sex, drug type and social setting were varied. A questionnaire determined the degree to which participants thought that the person portrayed was (i) addicted, (ii) prone to use drugs due to his/her personality, and (iii) perceived as a problem to society. The pattern of results fitted a functional model of the addiction concept rather than an attempt to describe an objective state.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-62
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2001

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Keywords

  • addiction
  • drugs
  • social representations
  • social construction
  • theories of addiction

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Davies, John B. ; Heim, Derek ; Cheyne, Bill ; Smallwood, Jonathan. / Addiction as a functional representation. In: Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 2001 ; Vol. 11, No. 1. pp. 57-62.
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Davies, JB, Heim, D, Cheyne, B & Smallwood, J 2001, 'Addiction as a functional representation', Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 57-62. https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.575

Addiction as a functional representation. / Davies, John B.; Heim, Derek; Cheyne, Bill; Smallwood, Jonathan.

In: Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Vol. 11, No. 1, 01.2001, p. 57-62.

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