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Social Class: The Hidden Disparity in Substance Abuse and Treatment

Negar Rachel Partiali, Stephanie Keiko Takamatsu and Derek Kenji Iwamoto

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Class in Counseling

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780195398250
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398250.013.0015

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Social Class: The Hidden Disparity in Substance Abuse and Treatment

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One important factor that has recently garnered much needed attention explaining the substance abuse treatment access gap is social class. To date there is no comprehensive review investigating social class, substance abuse, and access to treatment. Following a case study, this chapter first operationalizes social class using a subjective theoretical framework and examines the relationship between social class, substance use, and substance abuse treatment. The chapter then highlights the inclusive definition of social class and how it is intrinsically tied to health disparities. Next, the chapter explores the intersection between race and social class and discusses how these factors may contribute to distinct barriers in accessing substance abuse treatment. The chapter concludes with treatment considerations for the case study and overall clinical and research implications.

Keywords: substance abuse treatment; health disparities; social class; race; access to treatment

Article.  9303 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing ; Developmental Psychology

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