Bridging the gaps: Intergenerational findings from the substance use disorder and recovery field

Robert D. Ashford, Austin Brown

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The substance use disorder and recovery field has undergone rapid transformation over the last 40 years. It currently has a workforce that includes three generations—Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. The current study sought to identify generational differences among those involved in the substance-use disorder and recovery profession using an embedded design and grounded theory approach. Findings suggest that generational differences do exist across the three generations in regard to ideologies, value of formal and informal knowledge, training, and education. Results from the current study provide a further understanding of how we may bridge perceived contentious ideologies and knowledge gaps between generations to better develop current and future professionals within the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-351
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Addiction
  • behavioral health
  • intergenerational values
  • substance use disorders
  • workforce development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Archaeology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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