How is acceptance of the brain disease model of addiction related to Australians' attitudes towards addicted individuals and treatments for addiction?

  • Meurk C
  • Carter A
  • Partridge B
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Abstract

BackgroundWe investigated whether beliefs about addiction being a `disease¿ or `brain disease¿, and holding certain beliefs about addiction aetiology, are associated with public views about addicted persons and support for different types of treatment, coerced treatment and punishment for addiction.MethodsData were collected as part of the 2012 Queensland Social Survey, a computer assisted telephone interview of 1263 residents of Queensland, Australia. Participants were presented with scenarios of two addicted males, one who was addicted to heroin and the other addicted to alcohol. Participants were then asked a series of questions for both characters.ResultsThere was widespread support for all treatment modalities (alcohol: 80.8-98.0%, heroin: 89.9-97.2%). There was less support for coerced treatment for alcohol than heroin addiction (alcohol: 41%, heroin: 71%, ¿2¿=¿273.90, p¿

Author-supplied keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Brain disease model of addiction
  • Heroin
  • Neuroethics
  • Public attitudes
  • Stigma

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Authors

  • Carla Meurk

  • Adrian Carter

  • Brad Partridge

  • Jayne Lucke

  • Wayne Hall

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