A test of the Social Identity Model of Cessation Maintenance: The content and role of social control
Frings, D, Collins, M, Long, G, Pinto, IR and Albery, IP (2016). A test of the Social Identity Model of Cessation Maintenance: The content and role of social control. Addictive Behaviors Reports. 3, pp. 77-85.
|Authors||Frings, D, Collins, M, Long, G, Pinto, IR and Albery, IP|
© 2016 The AuthorsEngagement with self-help groups is a predictor of positive outcomes for those attempting to control their addictive behaviours. In common with other groups, self-help groups have to manage non-normative (‘deviant’) behaviour to ensure the social values of the group remain preserved, and the group can fulfil its aims. These processes may protect group members from relapse. Drawing on the Social Identity Model of Cessation Maintenance, the current study asked a number (n = 44) of attendees of fellowship (AA/NA/CA) and of SMART groups to list behaviours they saw as normative and deviant, and rate a variety of responses to deviant behaviours. Costs of relapse to both the self and the group were also measured alongside self-efficacy regarding cessation and identity as both an active addict and as a member of a self-help group. Results suggest that social control responses to deviance grouped into education, punishment and avoidant type responses. More social control was perceived by highly identifying self-help group members. Educational responses were seen as used by groups more extensively than other responses. Punishment responses were mediated by the perceived costs an individual's relapse incurred on the rest of the group. These findings inform our understanding of what standards of normative and deviant behaviour self-help groups hold, and how they react to violations of such norms. They also have a number of implications for practitioners and facilitators in regard to using social identities as part of the treatment process.
|Journal||Addictive Behaviors Reports|
|Journal citation||3, pp. 77-85|
|Publisher||London South Bank University|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1016/j.abrep.2016.02.003|
|22 Jun 2016|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||15 May 2017|
|Accepted||19 Feb 2016|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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