Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Substance Abuse in the United Arab Emirates: Why a Needs Assessment is Necessary
by Al Fardan, Shaima H., Psy.D., Alliant International University, 2014, 193; 3637724
Abstract (Summary)

Substance Abuse is an illness that affects every community in every country. The United Arab Emirates had been used as a transportation hub for drug trafficking for a number of years. The exposure to illegal and legal substances has left individuals in the community susceptible to the effects of substance use and addiction. The changes in the country, due to globalization, have increased the level of stress and prevalence of depression. Substance use is a method that individuals use to cope with these changes. Studies need to be conducted to create or tailor treatments for substance abuse in the United Arab Emirates. However, the country practices Shariaa law, which perceives substance use as a sin. As a result, prison is seen as an appropriate punishment for such a sin against religion. This doctoral project aims at identifying and increasing awareness of the factors involved in Substance Abuse in the United Arab Emirates and at determining the best method to research this topic given the social, legal and religious barriers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bakaly, John
Commitee: Murray, Joan
School: Alliant International University
Department: Los Angeles, CSPP
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 76/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle Eastern Studies, Public health, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Drug trafficking, Substance abuse, United arab emirates
Publication Number: 3637724
ISBN: 978-1-321-20713-2
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