There is considerable literature indicating the importance of social connectedness and its relationship to wellbeing. For problem substance users, a similar literature emphasises the importance of the transition from a social network supportive of use to one that fosters recovery. Within this framework, the therapeutic community (TC) is seen as a critical location for adopting a transitional identity (i.e. from a drug user to a member of the TC ), as part of the emergence of a recovery identity following treatment. The purpose of this paper is to outline a model for conceptualising and measuring identity based on the theories of social identity and recovery capital, and pilots this model within a TC setting. Design/methodology/approach - A social identity mapping was used with TC residents to test their identification with using and TC groups, and their relationship to recovery capital. Findings - The network mapping method was acceptable to TC residents, and provided valuable insights into the social networks and social identity of TC residents. Research limitations/implications - This paper explores issues around mapping social identity and its potential in the TC and other residential settings. Originality/value - The paper integrates a number of conceptual models to create a new framework for understanding transitions in social networks during treatment and reports on a novel measurement method underpinning this.
|Pages (from-to)||10 - 20|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Therapeutic Communities: the International Journal for Therapeutic and Supportive Organizations|
|Issue number||1 (Art. No.: 17108334)|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
Best, D. W., Lubman, D., Savic, M., Wilson, A. S., Dingle, G. A., Haslam, A. S., Haslam, C., & Jetten, J. (2014). Social and transitional identity: exploring social networks and their significance in a therapeutic community setting. Therapeutic Communities: the International Journal for Therapeutic and Supportive Organizations, 35(1 (Art. No.: 17108334)), 10 - 20. https://doi.org/10.1108/TC-04-2013-0007