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Cultural Analysis as a Perspective for Gender-Informed Alcohol Treatment Research in a Swedish Context
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Psychology of Religions. (Uppsala-Harvard group)
2009 (English)In: Alcohol and Alcoholism, ISSN 0735-0414, E-ISSN 1464-3502, Vol. 44, no 6, 615-619 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIM: An exploratory study to investigate the role of culture in women's drinking at a clinic for women with alcohol problems in a Swedish treatment context. METHODS: A content analysis of the case journal material of 20 consecutive female patients at the EWA clinic (Early treatment of Women with Alcohol addiction) in Stockholm, Sweden, was conducted using an original instrument informed by the field of cultural psychiatry and emerging from recurrent themes in the case journals. RESULTS: The patients perceived themselves as having a sub-group status. A trajectory of ritualized actions around drinking, especially private drinking rituals, was identified. Existential components of patients' struggles with addiction in a highly secularized cultural context were identified. Multiple, contradictory explanatory frameworks for understanding drinking problems were creating cognitive dissonance. CONCLUSION: Using cultural analysis as a perspective for gaining gendered information may allow for identifying new patterns within specific cultural and subgroup contexts. It may contribute new information to the following treatment research areas: gender-appropriate measurement issues; service integration; gender-appropriate services for women; and, drinking rituals and patterns.

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2009. Vol. 44, no 6, 615-619 p.
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cultural analysis, women's alcohol problems, existential need, ritual drinking
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-98616DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agn092ISI: 000271106400012PubMedID: 19047017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-98616DiVA: diva2:200834
Available from: 2009-02-28 Created: 2009-02-28 Last updated: 2010-07-01Bibliographically approved

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