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Concepts of Addictive Substances and Behaviours across Time and Place$
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Matilda Hellman, Virginia Berridge, Karen Duke, and Alex Mold

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198737797

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737797.001.0001

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Popular images of addiction in five European countries

Popular images of addiction in five European countries

(p.193) Chapter 10 Popular images of addiction in five European countries
Concepts of Addictive Substances and Behaviours across Time and Place

Jan Blomqvist

Kirsimarja Raitasalo

Hans Olav Melberg

Dirk Schreckenberg

Christine Peschel

Justyna Klingemann

Anja Koski-Jännes

Oxford University Press

This chapter reports on popular images of nine addictions in five European countries (Poland, Norway, Germany, Finland, and Sweden). The investigation was conducted by postal or telephone surveys or a web panel, directed at largely representative population samples (total N= 4843). Aspects covered by the surveys were the perceived severity of various addictive problems as societal problems, in themselves and compared to other societal concerns, as well as the perceived addictiveness (the risk to ‘get hooked on’) of various substances or activities. In addition, respondents were asked to rate to what extent they thought that the onset of various addictive problems should be blamed on the individual addict or on other circumstances, and to what extent the individual should be held responsible for solving the problem. Finally, the surveys raised the question of the perceived likelihood of recovery from various addictions, with and without formal treatment. The results pointed to interesting differences between the five countries.

Keywords:   popular images, addictions, Europe, severity of problems, recovery

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