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Alternativas en Psicología

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LOPEZ, Gloria Estela Castellanos. Del vicio a la enfermedad: representaciones sociales de la adicción en la cárcel. Altern. psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.17, n.29, pp. 17-31. ISSN 1405-339X.

Social representations show elements, images and attitudes that inmates possess around addiction. The aim of this work was to realize a discursive approach to drugs experience between a group of addict inmates who was participating in a rehabilitation program in a prison of México City. It was carried out semi-structured interviews that submit to a content analysis. A same practice, in this case, drugs consumption could be oriented by different representations: like a "bad habit" and like a "disease". Be in jail for a felony generates that addiction would be perceived like "bad habit", when it occurs a significance rupture and they come to a clinical space for leave from drugs consumption, this practice becomes a "disease".

Keywords : Social representations; drugs consumption; prisons.

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