This subject examines the way that biochemical / physiological, psychological and social factors interact to produce individual differences in use and abuse of substances ranging from ordinary food to illegal and exotic drugs. Theories across this spectrum are discussed as are the practices of prevention and treatment that arise out of these theories. The major orientation will be social cognition/social learning as a context for the study of motivations relating to the developmental sequence of risky use /dependence /identification with illness. Research on the perceived utility of the substance as it functions in sense of identity (gender as sex-role stereotype). Expectancies from use, and attempts to control use/abuse (restraint over consumption) will focus on the problem of bingeing as a common factor in substance abuse. Eating and drinking problems will be compared.
No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.
School of Social Sciences and Liberal Studies
Admission to the Graduate Diploma of Health Psychology or Master of Social Science (Addiction Studies)
* The study of epidemic, endemic and "therapeutic" concepts of addiction. (The facts compared with the Myths about drug use.) * Theoretical perspectives on the abuse of psychoactive substances (the bio-medical, psychological, psycho-social, socio-cultural dimensions of addiction) * Evidence of current trends in drug use particularly in Australia. Types of drugs and their populations of users * The effects of legislation and prohibition as control mechanisms * Health Promotion and Strategies of prevention * Techniques of assessment * Consideration of current methods of intervention, their degree of success/failure * Recent developments regarding the redefinition of the identity of "addict" through the rebuilding of self-esteem through self-control (promotion of the process of becoming de-addicted)
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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.