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"This is the result of something else" : Experiences of men that abused drugs and had experienced childhood trauma

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dc.contributor.author Georgsdottir, Margret Torshamar
dc.contributor.author Sigurðardóttir, Sigrún
dc.contributor.author Gunnthorsdottir, Hrafnhildur
dc.date.accessioned 2022-02-01T01:01:58Z
dc.date.available 2022-02-01T01:01:58Z
dc.date.issued 2021-03
dc.identifier.citation Georgsdottir , M T , Sigurðardóttir , S & Gunnthorsdottir , H 2021 , ' "This is the result of something else" : Experiences of men that abused drugs and had experienced childhood trauma ' , American Journal of Men's Health , vol. 15 , no. 2 , pp. 1-12 . https://doi.org/10.1177/15579883211009348
dc.identifier.issn 1557-9883
dc.identifier.other PURE: 45183049
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 1a7a86a4-e8ce-4692-b171-bec314d96198
dc.identifier.other WOS: 000643917600001
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85104819038
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/2872
dc.description.abstract Drug abuse is a serious public health issue that may have irreversible consequences. Research has revealed that childhood psychological trauma can promote addictive behaviors in adulthood and that drugs are often used as a coping mechanism. Men are less likely to report trauma and seek help than women. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the experience of men in Iceland who have abused drugs and experienced childhood psychological trauma, to increase knowledge and deepen the understanding of trauma and addiction. Participants were seven men who had both experienced childhood trauma and had a history of drug abuse. Two interviews were conducted with each participant. The main findings suggest that participants abused drugs as a coping mechanism due to the trauma experienced in childhood. For some participants, seeking companionship was a key component of their drug use. Participants were mostly dissatisfied with treatment resources in Iceland; waiting lists were long and too much focus was on religion. Five main themes were identified: emotional impact, self-medication for pain, gender expectations, impermanence of thoughts, and loss of a sense of wholeness. Increased societal and professional awareness of the linkage between trauma and drug abuse is needed, as are additional resources specific to men who have experienced childhood trauma and drug abuse. It is important to integrate trauma focused services into health-care settings to educate health-care professionals on trauma and the consequences thereof, in addition to utilizing screening tools such as the Adverse Childhood Experience Questionnaire for those seeking assistance.
dc.format.extent 12
dc.format.extent 1-12
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Journal of Men's Health; 15(2)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Fíkniefnaneysla
dc.subject Sálræn áföll
dc.subject Karlar
dc.subject Drug abuse
dc.subject childhood psychological trauma
dc.subject coping mechanism
dc.subject trauma focused service
dc.title "This is the result of something else" : Experiences of men that abused drugs and had experienced childhood trauma
dc.type /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/researchoutputtypes/contributiontojournal/article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1177/15579883211009348
dc.contributor.school School of Health Sciences


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