Labeling: Does It Explain Enough?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(12), 1016. Reviews the book, Effects of Labeling the “Drug-Abuser”: An Inquiry. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Research Monograph 6 by Jay R. Williams (1976). This short monograph is a review of theoretical and empirical literature germane to “the effects of arrest as a drug law violator (or identification as a drug abuser) on adolescent psychological development.” Williams summarizes discussions of drug abuse as a crime and as a social practice, and assesses the impact of being labeled a drug abuser on an adolescent's self concept and behavior. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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