Role Competence as a Resocialization Factor for Drug Addicts: Research Program

  • Volodymyr Sirko
Keywords: role, role competence, drug addicts’ rehabilitation, resocialization, injection drug users


The research program of role competence is substantiated as a resocialization
factor for drug-addicted persons; objective and subjective resocialization indexes are

distinguished; stages, methodologies and research target groups are defined. Theoretical
approaches to the understanding of role competence are classified as phenomenological
and structural. The presented model of empiric research is based on a hypothetical
structure of role incompetence of a drug addict with corresponding expressional
dimensions and indexes. Social roles of a drug addict (role deviations from social
normative roles, formed as a result of his/her personality’s alienation from society)
are included among the latter to outline the external structure of role incompetence,
as well as his/her interpersonal roles (victim, simpleton and others like that), that
create pathological stereotypes on social cooperation and pull an addict into "unhealthy"
communication circle; and also personality vital roles that result in self-stigmatization
("I am an addict, a pariah, an outcast"). Internal structure includes such components
as: cognitive (limited nature of an addict’s knowledge about roles’ nature, as well as
about mechanisms of role cooperation, that make him/her not able to get rid from
dependence and to carry out successful resocialization); connotative (possessing a
stereotype role set that does not correspond to age characteristics of an addict and
does not assist with formation of mature, autonomous behavior; uncritical perception
of role expectations in narrow communication circle; role conflicts and emotional
tension) and motivational-reflexional (unconscious entry into a role, inability to values-
based reflection of role identification processes). List of integral indexes of role
incompetence is formed: low role behavioral variability, role rigidity and deep
identification of a personality with the socio-psychological role of a drug addict. The
hypothesis is made, that forming of role competence by means of active personality
influence technologies will facilitate addict’s establishment as role subject, as well
as behavioral self-sustainment and realization of his/her own senses and life values.
Further research prospects are outlined, that consist of empiric model verification
during formative experiment in determination of how role competence of a former
drug addict influence on his/her resocializational success.

How to Cite
Sirko, V. (2018). Role Competence as a Resocialization Factor for Drug Addicts: Research Program. Scientific Studios on Social and Political Psychology, (42(45), 189-204.