Research Publication Title

"How Does General Strain Theory Help To Gain Understandings Over Drug Abusers?: A Qualitative Approach"

Presenter Information

Chase LindseyFollow

Major

Criminal Justice

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Sara Doude Dr. Ji Seun Sohn

Keywords

Drugs, Strain, Abuse, Behavior, Reasons

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to obtain a deeper understanding of why drug abusers abuse drugs based on gender, financial hardships, and psychological and emotional troubles. The literature is expected to help prove that financial hardships, and psychological and emotional troubles cause drug abuse and how gender does not play a role in drug abuse. This research will use aspects of Robert Agnew's General Strain Theory to test those reasons. This theory will be used to help explain why people turn to drugs among the said drug abuser(s) and the factors leading up to the previous drug behaviors. In fact, the General Strain Theory explains many factors as to why people turn to crime. To obtain the interviewees, the snowball sampling method is used. The ten interviewees that are in this study have suffered from addiction, and most had to go to a rehabilitation facility to get a handle over their problem. The interviewees come from similar areas with similar demographics, but they showed some differences in their drug problems. The research will address all the stipulations that fall under the three factors of the General Strain Theory which are, failure to achieve a positively valued, removal of positively valued stimuli, an inescapable negative stimulus, to help gain a full understanding of this drug problem. Similarly, this research will investigate these possible factors that caused drug addictions and try to suggest some policy implications.

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"How Does General Strain Theory Help To Gain Understandings Over Drug Abusers?: A Qualitative Approach"

The purpose of this research is to obtain a deeper understanding of why drug abusers abuse drugs based on gender, financial hardships, and psychological and emotional troubles. The literature is expected to help prove that financial hardships, and psychological and emotional troubles cause drug abuse and how gender does not play a role in drug abuse. This research will use aspects of Robert Agnew's General Strain Theory to test those reasons. This theory will be used to help explain why people turn to drugs among the said drug abuser(s) and the factors leading up to the previous drug behaviors. In fact, the General Strain Theory explains many factors as to why people turn to crime. To obtain the interviewees, the snowball sampling method is used. The ten interviewees that are in this study have suffered from addiction, and most had to go to a rehabilitation facility to get a handle over their problem. The interviewees come from similar areas with similar demographics, but they showed some differences in their drug problems. The research will address all the stipulations that fall under the three factors of the General Strain Theory which are, failure to achieve a positively valued, removal of positively valued stimuli, an inescapable negative stimulus, to help gain a full understanding of this drug problem. Similarly, this research will investigate these possible factors that caused drug addictions and try to suggest some policy implications.