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Connectedness of attitudes towards people with alcohol use disorders with belief in a just world and system justification

Kristina Rakinić, Vita Ornik, Nina Gartner

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Abstract

Discourses in different fields have a strong influence on experts and their treatment of patients. Most common treatment models are medical, socio-integrative and psychotherapeutic. In addition, attitudes indirectly affect treatment, especially towards different, marginalized groups of patients. The effect is also mediated by the belief in a just world and system justification. In our research we focused on three fields that work with people with alcohol use disorder (AUD). We took three groups of students: medical (n = 48), psychology (n = 61) and social pedagogy (n = 53). They filled a questionnaire that included Just World Scale, System Justification Scale and Attitudes towards People with Alcohol Use Disorder Scale. There were significant differences between groups. Medical students had the most negative attitudes towards people with AUD. Psychology students had the highest score on Belief in a Just World Scale and on System Justification Scale. Social pedagogy students had the most positive attitudes towards people with AUD and the lowest score on Belief in a Just World Scale and on System Justification Scale. Psychology students had the score on Attitudes towards People with Alcohol Use Disorder Scale between the scores of the other two groups. Results show differences in attitudes, between three groups of students, but do not show their connection with discourses.

Keywords

belief in a just world, system justification, attitudes towards people with alcohol use disorder, models, discourses

Cite

Rakinić, K., Ornik, V. in Gartner, N. (2018). Povezanost stališč do oseb s sindromom odvisnosti od alkohola z verjetjem v pravičnost sveta in upravičevanjem sistema [Connectedness of attitudes towards people with alcohol use disorders with belief in a just world and system justification]. Eksperimentator, 2, 37–44.

About the authors

Kristina Rakinić, Vita Ornik in Nina Gartner — udergraduate students, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Mentor — ddr. Velko S. Rus, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

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