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dc.contributor.advisorCree, Vivieneen
dc.contributor.advisorBancroft, Angusen
dc.contributor.authorHillen, David Peteren
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-18T10:57:07Z
dc.date.available2017-07-18T10:57:07Z
dc.date.issued2017-07-05
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/22874
dc.description.abstractThis thesis aims to shed light on the role of religious, spiritual and secular beliefs in individuals’ recovery from problematic substance use in Scotland. The findings are based on semi-structured interviews with twenty individuals, living in Scotland, who had past experience of problematic substance use. The methodology was influenced by narrative theory and the analysis drew on a thematic narrative approach. It is suggested that individuals in recovery construct personal belief systems by drawing chiefly on established cultural belief systems. Personal belief systems are learned and reinforced through practice, notably, engaging with belief-orientated communities and practising personal rituals. Participants use their personal belief systems as frameworks to interpret and give meaning to fundamental experiences that were part of their recovery. Personal belief systems are also integral to the construction of identity in recovery, helping individuals to establish a new self or reclaim an idealised past self. While personal belief systems did not often fit within neat religious, spiritual or secular categories, those with religious and/or spiritual beliefs often stressed the importance of their beliefs and associated practices to their recovery. Secular existential beliefs were also important to some people. The implications of these findings are discussed in terms of research, policy and practice.en
dc.contributor.sponsorEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)en
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.hasversionHillen, P. (2013) Enhancing Outcomes for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Social Work Students in Scotland. Glasgow: IRISS.en
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Internationalen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
dc.subjectsocial worken
dc.subjectspiritualityen
dc.subjectreligionen
dc.subjectbeliefen
dc.subjectdrugsen
dc.subjectalcoholen
dc.subjectrecoveryen
dc.titleExploration of the role of beliefs (religious, spiritual, and secular) in pathways of recovery from problematic substance useen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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