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Vem får vara missbrukare? Om den process där anabola androgena steroider etableras som ett socialt problem.

Lindqvist, Peter LU and Eveborn, Linda LU (2012) SOPA63 20121
School of Social Work
Abstract
The law that banned doping substances in Sweden was founded in 1991 and was strengthened in 1999 and 2011. The use of anabolic androgen steroids (AAS) however, is still increasing. Research about AAS is limited and the approximation of the number of AAS users is uncertain. On the gyms there are warnings about punishments risked if one is caught using AAS. But those warnings are without any information about where to get treatment if one wanted to stop using it. From a social constructionist perspective, with Loseke’s (2003) terminology and by analyzing Blumer’s (1971) theory about the construction of social problems, we show how AAS is being constructed and established as a social problem in the Swedish society. This is done by... (More)
The law that banned doping substances in Sweden was founded in 1991 and was strengthened in 1999 and 2011. The use of anabolic androgen steroids (AAS) however, is still increasing. Research about AAS is limited and the approximation of the number of AAS users is uncertain. On the gyms there are warnings about punishments risked if one is caught using AAS. But those warnings are without any information about where to get treatment if one wanted to stop using it. From a social constructionist perspective, with Loseke’s (2003) terminology and by analyzing Blumer’s (1971) theory about the construction of social problems, we show how AAS is being constructed and established as a social problem in the Swedish society. This is done by interviewing seven social workers within the Swedish Social Service and Rehabs (State Psychiatric Clinics). Their attitudes about doping with their views on other drugs were compared as well. We have also studied the recently published investigation (SOU 2011:35) of the Swedish abuse and addiction care by Gerhard Larsson, where treatment of doping is included. The study has two main results. First one is that the Social Workers can differentiate between AAS users and addicts of other drugs. This might lead to that the social workers don’t see a natural responsibility for treating AAS users, which the investigation SOU 2011:35 also argues by saying that the responsibility share between Municipality (Kommun) and County Council (Landsting) is unclear. Secondly, we find AAS to be constructed as a social problem, and on its way to be established as one. (Less)
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author
Lindqvist, Peter LU and Eveborn, Linda LU
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organization
course
SOPA63 20121
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type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
Social Worker, Anabolic, Androgen, Steroids, AAS
language
Swedish
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2861735
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2012-07-10 14:52:16
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  abstract     = {The law that banned doping substances in Sweden was founded in 1991 and was strengthened in 1999 and 2011. The use of anabolic androgen steroids (AAS) however, is still increasing. Research about AAS is limited and the approximation of the number of AAS users is uncertain. On the gyms there are warnings about punishments risked if one is caught using AAS. But those warnings are without any information about where to get treatment if one wanted to stop using it. From a social constructionist perspective, with Loseke’s (2003) terminology and by analyzing Blumer’s (1971) theory about the construction of social problems, we show how AAS is being constructed and established as a social problem in the Swedish society. This is done by interviewing seven social workers within the Swedish Social Service and Rehabs (State Psychiatric Clinics). Their attitudes about doping with their views on other drugs were compared as well. We have also studied the recently published investigation (SOU 2011:35) of the Swedish abuse and addiction care by Gerhard Larsson, where treatment of doping is included. The study has two main results. First one is that the Social Workers can differentiate between AAS users and addicts of other drugs. This might lead to that the social workers don’t see a natural responsibility for treating AAS users, which the investigation SOU 2011:35 also argues by saying that the responsibility share between Municipality (Kommun) and County Council (Landsting) is unclear. Secondly, we find AAS to be constructed as a social problem, and on its way to be established as one.},
  author       = {Lindqvist, Peter and Eveborn, Linda},
  keyword      = {Social Worker,Anabolic,Androgen,Steroids,AAS},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Vem får vara missbrukare? Om den process där anabola androgena steroider etableras som ett socialt problem.},
  year         = {2012},
}