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Examining Attitudes towards Addiction in Irish Society

Beumer, Marieke (2021) Examining Attitudes towards Addiction in Irish Society. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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In this current study, attitudes towards addiction were examined within Irish society to discover firstly the relationship between alcohol use and attitudes towards addiction. Whether education level achieved would influence attitudes towards addiction. Also, investigating if age and gender variables would have an effect on attitudes towards addiction. Research has shown that negative attitudes towards addiction can cause self-stigma and cause an impact on individuals seeking treatment and attending treatment. When investigating alcohol use and attitudes, the aim was to discover if there was any relationship between the variables. The current study aims to examine variables such as education level, age range and gender and to determine if these variables that had the most and least negative attitudes towards addiction, asking questions such as ‘would you trust a person with addiction to teach your child in primary school?’. A total of 180 participants completed questionnaires measuring their attitudes towards addiction, demographical comparison such as gender, males 79 (43.9%) females 101 (56.1%), age, level of education, salary bracket and place of residence. Findings from a correlation analysis revealed that the mean showed extremely high alcohol use with a mean score of 16.9, the scale determined 15 or more had a likelihood to have alcohol dependence and the mean for overall attitudes showed a medial score of 18.7 out of max 32, this was a surprising result as, it could be assumed that higher alcohol use would result in a lower score for negative attitudes. In between groups Anova, statistical test was conducted to measure education levels achieved and attitudes towards addiction, results showed no statistical significance, there was no difference whether individuals were more or less educated in attitudes towards addiction. However, when measuring attitudes towards addiction there was a statistical significance with employment status. Implications for this study was the sample used has a societal norm of higher alcohol intake as part of the culture.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry > Neurology. Diseases of the Nervous System. > Psychiatry > Psychopathology > Personality Disorders. Behaviour Problems. > Addiction
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > Ireland
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2021 17:21
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 13:19

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