Mediating effects of social support and coping between perceived and internalizedstigma for substance users

Jayci Robb, Chih-Chin - Chou, Lakeisha Johnson, Hsin Ya Liao, Sooyin Tan

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While the impacts of perceived stigma on substance abuse recovery have been reported by researchers, the pathway between perceived and internalized stigma , and the mediating effects of social support and coping, have not been widely studied in people with substance abuse. A total of 125 individuals with substance use concerns completed surveys regarding substance use, social support, and coping. Preacher and Hayes' (2008) method of mediation analysis was used to explore the pathway. Findings suggested that the presence of affectionate social support and reduction of maladaptive coping behaviors are significant mediators between perceived and internalized stigma. These findings highlighted the potential benefit of services emphasizing the importance of affectionate social support and reducing maladaptive coping behaviors in the treatment of individuals with substance use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-21
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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