New Article by SSW faculty and Students


Assistant Professor Alexandra Wimberly, Associate Professor Paul Sacco, PHD Candidate Maura Tennor, PHD Candidate Shawna Murray-Browne, Loraine Arikata and colleague Ryan Petros published in the Journal of Social Practice in the Addictions.


Title: Factors that contribute to stigma toward opioid users among social work students


This study aimed to understand contributing factors of stigma toward people with opioid use disorder (OUD). We conducted a randomized factorial survey with Masters in Social Work (MSW) students (n = 70). Students received four vignettes describing a person with OUD, yielding a total of 275 vignettes for analysis. We tested whether stigma differed according to the characteristics of people with OUD. We found significantly more stigmatizing attitudes toward people with OUD who 1) inject heroin versus use oxycodone and 2) do not always take buprenorphine as prescribed versus always takes buprenorphine as prescribed. These findings indicate the need for MSW training that destigmatizes heroin use and inconsistent medication usage.


Wimberly, A. S., Petros, R., Sacco, P., Tennor, M., Murray-Browne, S., & Arikat, L. (2022). Factors that contribute to stigma toward opioid users among social work students. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/1533256X.2022.2103982

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