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Psychological-Educational Studies

Former Title: Psychological Science and Education

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2587-6139


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Drugs and addicts: peculiarities of social representations in two groups of young people 1031


Bovina I.B.
Doctor of Psychology, , Research Director, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical and Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia

Dvoryanchikov N.V.
PhD in Psychology, Dean, Faculty of Legal and Forensic Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

Konopleva I.N.
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Psychology, Chair of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Department of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

Kovalev M.A.
chair of criminal psychology, department of legal psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

Konkin V.Y.
post-graduate student of the Department of clinical and forensic psychology, faculty of legal psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

The contribution describes a research of peculiarities of social perceptions of drugs and addicts among young people, which was based on the ideas of the structural approach of social representations theory (Abric, 2001). The sample group consisted of young people with experience of using injectable and non-injectable drugs (group 1) and without such experience (group 2). 120 people (38 women and 82 men) aged from 16 to 35 (M=23,70, SD=4,30) participated in the research. Initial assumptions of the structure of social representations of drugs and addicts in two groups of young people (with experience of using narcotic drugs and without such experience) were partially empirically proven. The contribution discusses the peculiarities of the structure of representations in each group, makes conclusions about the functions of these representations in each group.

Keywords: drugs, addicts, theory of social representations, structure of social representations, preventive measures

Column: Clinical Psychology

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