5062.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000 - 8:45 AM

Abstract #6956

The Many Faces of Stigma: Impact on Substance Abuse Prevention

Deborah M. Galvin, PhD1, Robert Denniston, Director2, and Heather Roberts2. (1) Division of Workplace Programs, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockwall II, Room 815, Rockville, MD 20878, (2) Division of Prevention Application & Education, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockwall II, Room 800, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-443-2188, rdennist@samhsa.gov

This presentation will review the significant role stigma plays in increasing the risk and resillancy of children, youth's and adults becoming involved with substance abuse; in how prevention programs, strategies and intervention are designed; who is offered/provided selected and indicated prevention; and how data is interpreted and utilized within public policy. Using Goffman's 3 types of stigma: abominations of the body, blemishes of individual character perceived as a weakness (such as addiction, and mental disorders), and tribal (race, nationality, religion; the paper reviews the process by which a stigma is applied and its impact on substance abuse. Additionally, the paper reviews the stigma of substance abuse and its impact on the provision of substance abuse prevention, early intervention and treatment programs as well as participation by those who need these services. Successful anti-stigma interventions are discussed within the framework of universal, selected and indicated prevention. The role of the media and communications in significant in labelling substance abusers and substances. The media evokes a complicated reactions to the use of alcohol and other drugs. By stigmatizing substance abusers rather than the problem of substance abuse, we also close the door to many seeking services as well as those doing research. Research suggests that by not addressing the stigma of substance abuse, prevention efforts can be diminished.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant in this session will be able to: (1) list the 2 ways stigma is linked to substance abuse prevention; (2) articulate the process by which a youth becomes stigmatized; (3) recognize the role of the media in stigma; and (4) apply successful anti-stigma interventions to substance abuse prevention programs for youth and adults

Keywords: Substance Abuse Prevention, Special Issues

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration CSAP grant programs
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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