Predictors of flexibility in social identity among people entering a therapeutic community for substance abuse

Beckwith, Melinda, Best, David, Dingle, Genevieve, Perryman, Cassandra and Lubman, Dan (2015) Predictors of flexibility in social identity among people entering a therapeutic community for substance abuse. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 33 1: 93-104. doi:10.1080/07347324.2015.982465


Author Beckwith, Melinda
Best, David
Dingle, Genevieve
Perryman, Cassandra
Lubman, Dan
Title Predictors of flexibility in social identity among people entering a therapeutic community for substance abuse
Journal name Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1544-4538
0734-7324
Publication date 2015-01-29
Year available 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1080/07347324.2015.982465
Open Access Status
Volume 33
Issue 1
Start page 93
End page 104
Total pages 12
Place of publication Philadelphia, United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Abstract One of the key aspects of recovery from substance dependence is making a transition from a social network supportive of substance use to one that supports recovery. This study assessed this transition in social identity in an adult therapeutic community (TC) at baseline and 2 weeks into treatment. Where residents increased identification with the TC, and reduced social identification with using groups, retention in treatment improved. As retention is a proxy measure of positive outcomes, this pilot suggests that facilitating residents' positive identification with the community in the first weeks of treatment may be central to retaining residents and improving treatment outcomes.
Keyword Social identity
Social networks
Recovery
therapeutic community
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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