Module 6: Social Context Theories

Module 6: Introduction

The reading for Module 6 introduces concepts essential for understanding many of the social context/social environment theories of addiction. This online textbook includes content prepared by the book’s author, as well as several readings from the published literature.

Module 6 Reading Objectives

After engaging with these reading materials and learning resources, you should be able to:

  • Explain how the social context and physical environment influence substance use, misuse, and addiction patterns
  • Identify the components of the social ecological model as they relate to substance use
  • Describe how social norms influence substance use and misuse behavior
  • Identify social structure theories and how they explain substance use and misuse (culture and subculture, labeling theory, deviance, theory, and the impact of “isms”)
  • Explain additional social context factors and theoretical perspectives, including family, peers, workplace, neighborhoods, behavioral economics/behavioral choice theory, and stress and coping theory
  • Define key terms related to the social context and physical environment factors related to substance use and substance use disorders.


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