|Titre :||Clients of drug and alcohol services: more fearful of heroin than members of the general public? (2013)|
|Auteurs :||P. SINGH ; J. LUTY|
|Type de document :||Article : Périodique|
|Dans :||Journal of Substance Use (Vol.18, n°3, June 2013)|
|Article en page(s) :||221-228|
|Discipline :||EPI (Epidémiologie / Epidemiology)|
Thésaurus TOXIBASEALCOOL ; PRODUIT ILLICITE ; HEROINE ; OPINION PUBLIQUE ; FACTEUR DE PROTECTION ; COMPARAISON ; USAGER ; PERCEPTION
Aims: To quantify how harmful are heroin and alcohol misuse in the opinion of members of the general public and clients of community drug and alcohol services.
Methods: A quantitative self-reported survey, comparing the opinions of 104 service users with 304 members of the UK general public using a 14-item “fear of addiction” scale (FOAS; maximum possible score range: -28 to 28).
Results: Both groups perceived heroin more harmful than alcohol. Service users were more fearful of both heroin (FOAS mean score = 18.0; standard deviation (SD) = 6.4) and alcohol (mean = 16.5; SD = 7.9) than the general public (FOAS mean for heroin = 15.87; SD = 7.7; p = 0.009; alcohol mean = 11.5; SD = 8.79715; p Conclusion: Clients of drug and alcohol services may be more fearful of heroin and alcohol than members of the public. An exaggerated perception of harm may not be a significant protective mechanism that may deter people from using addictive substances.
|Domaine :||Alcool / Alcohol ; Drogues illicites / Illicit drugs|
|Affiliation :||Department of General Adult Psychiatry, South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation University Trust, Brentwood Resource Centre, Brentwood, UK|