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"Hur stor är risken att jag blir en full-time smoker?" Hur risker och skadeverkningar med cannabisbruk diskuteras i internetforumet Flashback

Hagström, Maria LU (2012) SOPA63 20121
School of Social Work
Abstract
The purpose of this paper was to examine how risks of cannabis use may be understood in the context of a discussion forum on the internet. The study was based on a sample of 33 forum discussions about the risks of cannabis use, selected with the search in the Flashback webpage.
Four approaches to risk were identified to be central in the discussions about cannabis: downplaying the risk, paying attention to the risk, controlling the risk and disregarding the risk. Each category was associated with a variety of personal strategies for dealing with risks. In downplaying the risk some of the main strategies were to compare with other drugs, relating to positive cannabis experiences and to joke about the risks. Regarding paying attention the... (More)
The purpose of this paper was to examine how risks of cannabis use may be understood in the context of a discussion forum on the internet. The study was based on a sample of 33 forum discussions about the risks of cannabis use, selected with the search in the Flashback webpage.
Four approaches to risk were identified to be central in the discussions about cannabis: downplaying the risk, paying attention to the risk, controlling the risk and disregarding the risk. Each category was associated with a variety of personal strategies for dealing with risks. In downplaying the risk some of the main strategies were to compare with other drugs, relating to positive cannabis experiences and to joke about the risks. Regarding paying attention the forum members had a more negative attitude towards cannabis use and discussed the harmful effects in a more serious way. In controlling the risk issues such as control of quantity and frequency of use and the importance of self-control were identified. Finally, there were forum members who disregarded the risks by referring to the idea of ​​human free will. (Less)
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author
Hagström, Maria LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOPA63 20121
year
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
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cannabis, drug use, risk perception, internet community
language
Swedish
id
2759844
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2012-06-20 13:04:44
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this paper was to examine how risks of cannabis use may be understood in the context of a discussion forum on the internet. The study was based on a sample of 33 forum discussions about the risks of cannabis use, selected with the search in the Flashback webpage. 
Four approaches to risk were identified to be central in the discussions about cannabis: downplaying the risk, paying attention to the risk, controlling the risk and disregarding the risk. Each category was associated with a variety of personal strategies for dealing with risks. In downplaying the risk some of the main strategies were to compare with other drugs, relating to positive cannabis experiences and to joke about the risks. Regarding paying attention the forum members had a more negative attitude towards cannabis use and discussed the harmful effects in a more serious way. In controlling the risk issues such as control of quantity and frequency of use and the importance of self-control were identified. Finally, there were forum members who disregarded the risks by referring to the idea of ​​human free will.},
  author       = {Hagström, Maria},
  keyword      = {cannabis,drug use,risk perception,internet community},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"Hur stor är risken att jag blir en full-time smoker?" Hur risker och skadeverkningar med cannabisbruk diskuteras i internetforumet Flashback},
  year         = {2012},
}