Collecting behavioural addiction treatment data using Freedom of Information requests

Griffiths, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Dhuffar, M., 2014. Collecting behavioural addiction treatment data using Freedom of Information requests. SAGE Research Methods Cases.

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There is now a growing movement that views a number of behaviours as potentially addictive including many that do not involve the ingestion of a drug (i.e., behavioural addictions such as gambling addiction and sex addiction). As a consequence of being ‘medicalised’ and ‘pathologised’, such disorders have led individuals to seek treatment for their particular behavioural addiction. This case study examines a new method of collecting data on behavioural addiction treatment via the use of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. More specifically, this case study briefly overviews two published studies that have used FOI requests to collate data on treatment of gambling addiction and sex addiction within the British National Health Service. It is argued that FOI requests for data have many advantages including almost 100% response rates (as organisations are legally required to respond to information requests), and nationally representative data that are highly objective.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: SAGE Research Methods Cases
Creators: Griffiths, M. and Dhuffar, M.
Publisher: SAGE
Date: 2014
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 09 Dec 2015 11:10
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:58

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