Should Relapse Always Be Punished?

Authors Vivienne de Vogel , Lianne Kleijer-Kool , Jolein Monnee-van Doornmalen
Published in International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Publication date 1 March 2021
Research groups Working with Mandated Clients
Type Article

Summary

Health professionals’ attitudes to substance abusers have been reported as suboptimal with potential adverse consequences for the quality of health care provided. Less is known about professionals working with addicted clients in mandated contexts. The aim of this study is to gain insight into forensic social professionals’ attitudes to substance use and examine differences between subgroups of professionals. An online survey including the Brief Substance Abuse Attitude Scale was completed by 314 Dutch forensic social professionals. Overall, forensic social professionals’ attitudes to substance use and treatability were positive, but there were differences regarding needed treatment interventions and ways of controlling substance use. Professionals who work within specialist addiction services had less moralistic and stereotypical attitudes. Professionals who have personal experiences with addiction reported to be more tolerant, but at the same time more convinced of strict control of substances use of their clients

researchcomponents.publicationcontent.personslist.publicationauthors

  • Lianne Kleijer-Kool | Senior lecturer | Senior researcher | Knowledge analysis societal security and Working with Mandated Clients
    Lianne Kleijer-Kool
    • Researcher
    • Research groups: Knowledge Analysis Societal Security, Working with Mandated Clients

Language English
Published in International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Key words substance abuse, attitudes, addiction treatability, involuntary clients, probation, forensic mental health care
Digital Object Identifier https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X211023920
Page range 1-13

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