How do People Attribute their Polydrug Use?: A Mixed Methods Approach

Kati Kataja, Karoliina Karjalainen, Jenni Savonen, Pekka Hakkarainen, Sanna Kaisa Hautala

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ABSTRACTIn Finland, polydrug use is generally seen as stigmatized deviant behavior.By means of the mixed methods approach, this article focuses on howpeople explain their polydrug use and what they attribute it to. Our find-ings show that these explanations vary according to sociodemography.Moreover, polydrug use is not always presented as planned and goal-oriented behavior, but also something that can occur due to sudden situa-tional factors beyond the control of the person. Our findings implicate thatthe judgments regarding the deviance of polydrug use are contextual anddifferent sociodemographic groups consider whether it is deviant behavioror not differently.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2018
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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