Associations between social identity diversity, compatibility, and recovery capital amongst young people in substance use treatment

Emily Mawson, David Best, Dan I. Lubman

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This study explored associations between group memberships and recovery capital amongst 20 young adults aged 18 to 21 years in residential alcohol and drug treatment. Method Participants completed an interviewer administered research interview based on measures of recovery capital and a social networks assessment mapping group memberships, group substance use, and relationships between groups. Results Higher personal and social recovery capital was associated with lower diversity of group memberships, a higher number of positive links between groups, and greater compatibility of lower substance-using groups with other groups in the network. Higher compatibility of heavier-using groups was also associated with having a higher number of negative, antagonistic ties between groups. Conclusions These findings indicate that it is higher compatibility of a lower substance-using social identity and lower-using group memberships that contributes to recovery capital. Further, positive ties between groups and lower diversity of group memberships appear to be key aspects in how multiple social identities that are held by young adults relate to personal and social recovery capital.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-77
Number of pages8
JournalAddictive Behaviors Reports
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Recovery
  • Social identity
  • Social network
  • Substance use
  • Young adult

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