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Type: Journal article
Title: Crime victims' self-medication: Findings from a study in South Australia
Author: de Lint, W.
Marmo, M.
Groves, A.
Pocrnic, A.
Citation: International Review of Victimology, 2017; 23(2):159-177
Publisher: SAGE
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 0269-7580
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Willem de Lint, Marinella Marmo, Andrew Groves, Adam Pocrnic
Abstract: While considerable literature has explored the complex nature of victimisation, few empirical studies have examined the role of alcohol and other drugs (AODs) in victims’ experiences, specifically victims’ self-medication using AODs and its impact on ongoing health and welfare needs. Addressing the dearth of empirical research on the nature and extent of victims’ self-medication, and drawing upon quantitative data from a survey (n ¼ 102) of victims from Adelaide, South Australia this article explores individuals’ experiences of victimisation and AOD use against type of victimisation, type of peer support network and type of consumption. The findings indicate support for the self-medication for trauma hypothesis, namely that victimisation is positively associated with considerable increase in AOD consumption. On the other hand, there is a lack of support for the supplementary hypothesis that network support is associated with victimisation/re-victimisation. The authors demonstrate that further empirical work is needed to deepen understanding of victims’ AOD use and expedite the development of evidence-based policy and support frameworks.
Keywords: Self-medication; informal support network; post-traumatic stress disorder; alcohol and other drugs; repeat victimization
Rights: © The Author(s) 2017
RMID: 0030075502
DOI: 10.1177/0269758016686280
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