Working with substance use: levels and predictors of positive therapeutic attitudes across social care practitioners in England

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/302072
Title:
Working with substance use: levels and predictors of positive therapeutic attitudes across social care practitioners in England
Authors:
Dance, Cherilyn; Galvani, Sarah; Hutchinson, Aisha ( 0000-0002-5474-676X )
Abstract:
Aims: To measure the attitudes of social care practitioners towards working with alcohol and other drug (AOD) use and to identify the factors which can be used to predict positive engagement. Methods: A cross-sectional online survey was completed by 646 front-line social care practitioners in 11 English Local Authorities. The survey included an adapted version of the Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Perceptions Questionnaire to measure overall therapeutic attitudes (OTAs). Using a principle component analysis, four attitudinal components were identified within the tool; role adequacy, role support, role legitimacy and role engagement. Findings: Analysis of 597 responses (sub-sample excluding specialists substance misuse workers) revealed an average OTA score of 4.68 (SD = 0.662; range: 1–7). The majority of scores (69%) fell in the middle range indicating that practitioners were neither positively nor negatively engaged with AOD-related work. Respondents reported more positive perceptions of role support and legitimacy (56% and 54%, respectively) than for role adequacy and role engagement (25% and 20%, respectively). A multiple regression model revealed that perceived preparedness by qualifying training, employing directorate, AOD-related practice experience and gender, were all predictors of OTAs. Conclusion: For these social care professionals, neither positive nor negative attitudes towards working with AOD dominated. However, this research identifies several factors important for converting the largely ambivalent attitudes of social care practitioners into positive engagement with AOD use.
Affiliation:
Institute of Applied Social Research, University of Bedfordshire; Social Work Studies, University of Southampton; Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Hutchinson, A. J., Galvani, S., & Dance, C. (2013) 'Working with substance use: Levels and predictors of positive therapeutic attitudes across social care practitioners in England' Drugs: education, prevention and policy, 20(4) 312-321
Issue Date:
2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/302072
DOI:
10.3109/09687637.2013.765385
Additional Links:
http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/09687637.2013.765385
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDance, Cherilynen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGalvani, Sarahen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHutchinson, Aishaen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-23T11:01:50Z-
dc.date.available2013-09-23T11:01:50Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationHutchinson, A. J., Galvani, S., & Dance, C. (2013) 'Working with substance use: Levels and predictors of positive therapeutic attitudes across social care practitioners in England' Drugs: education, prevention and policy, 20(4) 312-321en_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.3109/09687637.2013.765385-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/302072-
dc.description.abstractAims: To measure the attitudes of social care practitioners towards working with alcohol and other drug (AOD) use and to identify the factors which can be used to predict positive engagement. Methods: A cross-sectional online survey was completed by 646 front-line social care practitioners in 11 English Local Authorities. The survey included an adapted version of the Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Perceptions Questionnaire to measure overall therapeutic attitudes (OTAs). Using a principle component analysis, four attitudinal components were identified within the tool; role adequacy, role support, role legitimacy and role engagement. Findings: Analysis of 597 responses (sub-sample excluding specialists substance misuse workers) revealed an average OTA score of 4.68 (SD = 0.662; range: 1–7). The majority of scores (69%) fell in the middle range indicating that practitioners were neither positively nor negatively engaged with AOD-related work. Respondents reported more positive perceptions of role support and legitimacy (56% and 54%, respectively) than for role adequacy and role engagement (25% and 20%, respectively). A multiple regression model revealed that perceived preparedness by qualifying training, employing directorate, AOD-related practice experience and gender, were all predictors of OTAs. Conclusion: For these social care professionals, neither positive nor negative attitudes towards working with AOD dominated. However, this research identifies several factors important for converting the largely ambivalent attitudes of social care practitioners into positive engagement with AOD use.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/09687637.2013.765385en_GB
dc.titleWorking with substance use: levels and predictors of positive therapeutic attitudes across social care practitioners in Englanden
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute of Applied Social Research, University of Bedfordshireen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentSocial Work Studies, University of Southamptonen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentTilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshireen_GB
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