People with substance use disorders (SUDs) are highly stigmatized worldwide. This research brief describes the results from several studies on unconscious bias and negative language used to describe individuals with SUDs.
substance use disorder, stigma, language
Social Psychology and Interaction | Substance Abuse and Addiction
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The author thanks Dr. Shannon Monnat and the Lerner Center research team for inputs and edits on earlier versions of this brief. The author also acknowledges assistance and guidance from Dr. John Kelly and the MGH team, Dr. Brenda Curtis, Arielle Ashford, Robert Ashford, and the research team at Kennesaw State University.
National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Health, Friends Hospital, The Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery at Kennesaw State University, Substance Use Disorders Institute at the University of the Sciences
McNeill Brown, Austin, "We Need to Change the Language we use to Describe Individuals with Substance Use Issues" (2019). Population Health Research Brief Series. 75.
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