Socio-Cultural factors influencing outcome in alcohol dependence

Sinu, E (2011) Socio-Cultural factors influencing outcome in alcohol dependence. In: “International Conference on Transcultural Nursing”, 10 –11 Nov 2011, Manipal. (Submitted)

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BACKGROUND: There has been growing interest on transcultural research in the field of mental health. Over the past two decades, there has been large body of research focused on socio-cultural factors such as acculturation, culture assimilation, cultural conflict, migration, attitude towards alcohol use, alcohol expectancies, religious affiliation, ethnicity, race, social role, socialization process, social inequalities, sexual identity, family structure and family functioning etc., have been studied in depth that influences alcohol use/abuse. However there are no specific studies in India or abroad with regard to socio-cultural factors influencing outcome among treated alcohol dependents. Hence, present study was carried out to investigate the same. AIM: To investigate the socio-cultural factors influencing outcome in alcohol dependence. METHODS: 60 consecutive in-patients were selected according to inclusion criteria from Centre for Addiction Medicine, NIMHANS, Bangalore. The study was conducted from 2007 to 2010. All patients were followed up for a period of one year. Statistical Analysis: Descriptive Statistics, Chi-square test and Fisher Exact Test, Mann-Whitney test, Kruskal-Wallis test were used to analyze the data. RESULTS: Middle Age(>40 years), middle socio-economic status, employment, adequate family functioning, healthy family interaction pattern, patient being leader of the family were the socio-cultural factors influences outcome among treated alcohol dependents. Other factors such as domicile, level of education, religious affiliation do not seem to influence outcome among treated alcohol dependents. CONCLUSION: Certain socio-cultural factors seem to influence successful outcome in alcohol dependence and it is suggested that mental health professionals and researchers to integrate socio-cultural aspects into routine clinical and research practice in the field of addiction medicine.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Psychiatry
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2013 04:34
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2013 04:34

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