Psychology of Alcohol and Other Drugs: A Research Perspective / Edition 1

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Psychology of Alcohol and Other Drugs encourages the reader to become a critical consumer rather than a docile recipient of research information in this field, much of it interpreted in a highly dubious and frequently political manner.

The author offers a psychological perspective in his coverage of alcohol and drug-related issues, focusing in depth on key topics.

-Examines the contribution of research methodology to outcomes

-Offers alternative explanations to alcohol and drug-related issues

-Considers causal relationships in substance abuse

-Discusses alcohol and drug abuse in different groups defined by gender, age race, and marital status

-Includes Danish and Swedish studies of hereditary and environmental influences

"...provides a unique perspective on the abuse of alcohol and other drugs by focusing on the psychological aspect of abuse, not the traditional pharmacological approach."

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Editorial Reviews

Fanny Duckert
The book is an impressive piece of work, covering a very broad spectrum of topics. The author demonstrates an extensive knowledge of the field. Important is his underlining of the scientific base of knowledge. The main focus of the book is the American scene; European research and perspectives are not always so well covered. Nevertheless, the book will be of considerable interest also for European readers. It is well written, extensive and thorough. Both introductory students and more experienced readers will find this book valuable. It has a vast number of facts and references.
Peter Rice
"This is a substantial book, which covers the epidemiology, aetiology, prevention and treatment of substance misuse, together with a methodical analysis of practice and research. The author justifies his focus on alcohol, because of its status as the drug of choice in the US; he does not neglect other drugs and there is valuable work on the position of tobacco in particular. The epidemiology and political perspectives are exclusively based on US data. A more international perspective would have been welcome, but the treatment sections avoid any accusations of parochialism and it would be a pity if the book was neglected outside the US. The advantages of a single author are evident with a consistently readable style. The tone of the book is fair and broad-minded. There is careful, at times laborious, analysis. The book is well referenced, though relatively little post 1995 work is cited. The text is well laid out and structured which helps accessibility. The strongest sections are on the application of basic psychological principles to addictions and there are very useful reviews of 'special groups' classified by age, gender and race. These are much debated, but little studied, issues and Professor Jung's reviews are a very welcome contribution. Once again, the focus is on the US, but there are key principles outlined here. Overall, however, this is a major new introductory textbook for students from a range of disciplines. It represents an excellent starting point for new students and is a useful resource for experienced practitioners and researchers."
Either a core or a supplementary text for an upper-division or graduate course in psychology or related fields. Rather than focusing on the few users who abuse their drugs of choice, Jung (psychology, California State U.-Long Beach synthesizes the considerable research on using recreational drugs in general. He focuses on alcohol, which is most widely used among the adults, and emphasizes individual differences. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761921004
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/22/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 7.15 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Psychology of Psychoactive Drugs
Defining Use, Abuse and Dependency
The Extent of Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Pharmacology and Neurophysiology of Alcohol and Other Drugs
Heredity and Environment
Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Theories of Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Age, Alcohol and Other Drugs
Gender Differences in Alcohol and Other Drugs
Racial/Ethnic Minorities and Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Personality Differences in Relation to Alcohol and Other Drugs
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Relationship to Basic Psychological Processes
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Relationship to Interpersonal Processes
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Relationship to Family Processes
Recovering from Alcohol and Other Drug Dependency
Treatment of Alcohol and Other Drug Dependency
Relapse after Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment
Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems
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