Special Issue "Social and Psychological Interventions to Reduce Alcohol and Drug Use and Related Harm"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.
Interests: alcohol; drug use; children and families; psychosocial interventions; social care; public health; intervention development and evaluation
Alcohol and drug use are common worldwide and are associated with a range of adverse health, social and psychological outcomes for the substance user, their family and wider society. Whilst the type of substance, the level of consumption and route of administration influence the nature and extent of harms, there remains a pressing need to understand how best to respond to this substantial public health problem. Psychological and social interventions are nonpharmacological complex interventions delivered to individuals or groups that seek to tackle the psychological, social, personal and relational problems associated with substance use. There are many different psychosocial interventions, with approaches and techniques that vary according to their theoretical underpinnings. Some of these approaches intervene with the individual user to reduce their substance use or the associated risks. Others intervene with the family or on a social level, either as a means of supporting the user or to address the needs of the affected others in their own right.
This Special Issue in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is focused on a wide range of topics relating to psychological and social intervention to reduce alcohol and drug use and related harms, including reviews and empirical research on psychological and social interventions delivered to the user and affected others, examining intervention development, effectiveness and implementation.
Dr. Ruth McGovern
Dr. Hayley Alderson
Manuscript Submission Information
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- psychological intervention
- social intervention
- intervention development
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: HealtheMines: A virtual tool to support Australian mine workers manage alcohol use and mental disorders
Authors: Frances Kay-Lambkin Ross Tynan Sally Hunt Brian Kelly Carole James
Affiliation: School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Australia MH-READ Unit, Hunter New England Mental Health Service, Hunter New England Local Health District, Australia School of Psychology, University of Newcastle, Australia School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia
Title: The implementation of behavior change interventions to reduce alcohol and drug use in looked after children