Navigation Links
Study names 5 factors of social ills in energy, mining and logging communities

The troubling link between boom towns and high rates of substance abuse is usually attributed to workers having too much money and too little to do. But a recent study of one Canadian community suggests underlying pressures including loneliness, a lack of healthy social connections and a need to keep up with the Joneses.

Two University of Alberta researchers, working with the Canadian Forest Service to conduct the study, found that substance abuse in the town of Hinton runs far deeper than the current economic boom. Because many resource-based communities have similar social and economic structures, the studys findings may provide insights into the social challenges of mining, logging, and oil and gas-based communities across North America.

What research in the town of Hinton has revealed is that the roots of substance abuse are deeply entrenched in the economic and social structure of the community, said Angela C. Angell, co-author of the study and a masters student in the University of Albertas Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences.

In 2006, the researchers interviewed 108 people living and working in Hinton.

The interviews, which included forest, mining and oil and gas workers, medical personnel, RCMP officers, seniors, students and people recovering from addictions, identified five common factors that contribute to social breakdown: 1) people of high and low incomes are separated by socially tight-knit groups; 2) high incomes lead to a keeping up with the Joneses mentality, which produces subsequent financial stress and less time for family; 3) transient workers are prone to alcohol and drug use due to loneliness; 4) shift work leaves workers exhausted and disrupts family routines and relationships; 5) a union environment, coupled with high incomes, leads to a culture of entitlement among some workers who feel that there are no consequences to their actions, including the misuse of alcohol and drugs.

The study recommends that industry and major employers need to promote healthy lifestyles and not turn a blind eye to substance-abuse issues among their current or would-be employees.

Governments also need to earmark funds and programs to meet the unique social and economic challenges of resource-based communities, said John Parkins, a professor of rural economy at the University of Alberta and co-author of the study. This funding should include regional, rural-based drug treatment centres, he added.


Contact: Bev Betkowski
University of Alberta

Related medicine news :

1. Penn study finds pro-death proteins required to regulate healthy immune function
2. New study shows promise in reducing surgical risks associated with surgical bleeding
3. Study, meta-analysis examine factors associated with death from heatstroke
4. Study suggests loss of 2 types of neurons -- not just 1 -- triggers Parkinsons symptoms
5. Study says COPD testing is not measuring up
6. Preclinical study suggests organ-transplant drug may aid in lupus fight
7. Ability to cope with stress can increase good cholesterol in older white men, study finds
8. High alcohol consumption increases stroke risk, Tulane study says
9. Mailman School of Public Health study examines link between racial discrimination and substance use
10. Pitt study finds inequality in tobacco advertising
11. Stanford study highlights cost-effective method of lowering heart disease risks
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... , ... Nurotron Biotechnology Co., Ltd., maker of cochlear implant systems, has won ... order will be from the China Disabled Persons’ Federation, a central government association, for ... for children and adults suffering from severe and profound hearing loss . The ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 ... ... NHS Foundation Trust on receiving the 2015 HSJ Acute Sector Innovation Award on ... of improving the patient care experience, and propose exciting enhancements to the medical ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Third Molar ... that it has officially launched a sleek, mobile-ready and user-centric redesigned website. , ... new website clearly outlines the benefits that its SEO services provide to dentists ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... NC (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 , ... Trevor ... corporate support as they play for the chance to represent the United States. This ... the opportunity to be a part of their journey in addition to offering corporate ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Garden City, NY (PRWEB) , ... December 01, ... ... (NAPW) honors Christina Colon as a 2015-2016 inductee into its ... for leadership in pharmacy. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... TOKYO , 1 décembre 2015 ... plus grande exposition et conférence d,Asie ... médicaux et sur l,industrie manufacturière, se ... du 20 au 22 avril ... - Photo - ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... December 1, 2015 ... adds "Endometriosis - Pipeline Review, H2 2015" ... on therapeutic pipeline of Endometriosis and helps ... counter strategies to gain competitive advantage. It ... and MOAs to produce first-in-class and best-in-class ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Nov. 30, 2015  DURECT Corporation ... Matt Hogan , Chief Financial Officer, ... Conference on Tuesday, December 8 at 2:45 ... held at the Westin Grand Central Hotel ... available for one-on-one meetings at this conference; ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: