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Basic beliefs about behavioral addictions among Finnish and French treatment professionals

Abstract : The ways in which addictive behaviours are perceived may decisively influence the ways they are handled. This study explores how treatment professionals’ cultural and other background variables influence their beliefs about gambling and Internet addictions. Mailed surveys were conducted with addiction treatment professionals in Finland (n = 520) in 2007–2008 and France (n = 472) in 2010–2011. The data were analysed by descriptive statistical methods and logistic regression analysis. Cultural differences were the most consistent predictors of the responses concerning gambling and Internet addictions. The French professionals assessed the dependence risk in these behaviours as higher (P < 0.001) and they believed less than the Finns in the power of treatment (P < 0.001). The latter attributed more responsibility to the individual for solving these non-substance addictions (P < 0.001). The general views of gambling and Internet addictions mostly resembled each other but they varied with culture. The Finnish professionals’ lower concern for the risk of dependence and the French professionals’ distrust in treatment together with both groups’ tendency to blame the individual for becoming addicted may all reduce professionals’ willingness to help people who require treatment for their behavioural addictions.
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A Koski-Jännes, Laurence Simmat-Durand. Basic beliefs about behavioral addictions among Finnish and French treatment professionals. Journal of Gambling Studies, 2017, 33 (4), pp.1311-23. ⟨hal-03480139⟩



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