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dc.contributor.authorBliuc, Ana-Maria
dc.contributor.authorBest, David
dc.contributor.authorIqbal, Muhammad
dc.contributor.authorUpton, Katie
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-06T17:40:52Z
dc.date.available2020-11-06T17:40:52Z
dc.date.issued2017-09-30
dc.identifier.citationBliuc, A.M., Best, D., Iqbal, M. and Upton, K., (2017). 'Building addiction recovery capital through online participation in a recovery community'. Social Science & Medicine, 193, pp. 110-117.en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.09.050
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/625356
dc.description.abstractThis study examines how online participation in a community of recovery contributes to personal journeys of recovery. It investigates whether recovery capital building – as indicated by increased levels and quality of online social interactions – and markers of positive identity development predict retention in a recovery program designed around fostering community involvement for early stage recovery addicts. It was predicted that online participation on the group's Facebook page and positive identity development are associated to retention in the program. To map how participants interact online, social network analysis (SNA) based on naturally occurring online data (N = 609) on the Facebook page of a recovery community was conducted. Computerised linguistic analyses evaluated sentiment of the textual data (capturing social identity markers). Linear regression analyses evaluated whether indicators of recovery capital predict program retention. To illustrate the findings in the context of the specific recovery community, presented are two case studies of key participants who moved from the periphery to the centre of the social network. By conducting in-depth interviews with these participants, personal experiences of engagement in the online community of group members who have undergone the most significant changes since joining the community are explored. Retention in the program was determined by a) the number of comment 'likes' and all ‘likes' received on the Facebook page; b) position in the social network (degree of centrality); and c) linguistic content around group identity and achievement. Positive online interactions between members of recovery communities support the recovery process through helping participants to develop recovery capital that binds them to groups supportive of positive change.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherElsevier BVen_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.09.050en_US
dc.relation.urlhttp://shura.shu.ac.uk/16940/en_US
dc.rights© 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
dc.rights.urihttps://www.elsevier.com/tdm/userlicense/1.0/
dc.subjectOnline social interactions, Recovery capital, Social identity, Recovery communityen_US
dc.titleBuilding addiction recovery capital through online participation in a recovery communityen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentWestern Sydney Universityen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSheffield Hallam Universityen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMonash Universityen_US
dc.contributor.departmentJob, Friends and Houses, UKen_US
dc.identifier.journalSocial Science and Medicineen_US
dc.identifier.piiS0277953617305944
dc.source.journaltitleSocial Science & Medicine
dc.source.volume193
dc.source.beginpage110
dc.source.endpage117
dcterms.dateAccepted2017-09-28
dc.author.detail786975en_US


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