Gossip and Addiction Recovery in Rural Communities

Amy R. Krentzman, Lauren K. Glass

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Features of rural life, such as low population density and greater distances from urban areas, could worsen the prospects of addiction recovery for rural residents. Gossip is a central feature of rural life, and studies have shown that being the target of it can worsen health and well-being. However, no previous study has focused on the impact of gossip on addiction in rural communities. The current study employed semi-structured interviews with individuals in recovery, as well as addiction providers, to create a conceptual model of the relationship between gossip and addiction recovery in a rural region of Minnesota. The conceptual model depicted a bi-directional relationship between the individual and the community and suggested that gossip transforms from negative to positive over the course of addiction, early recovery, and long-term recovery. These data demonstrate that education at both the community and individual levels could support the transition to long-term recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2571-2584
Number of pages14
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number14
Early online dateSep 28 2021
StatePublished - Sep 28 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Minnesota, State Project MIN-55-056; USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hatch Project MIN-55-064 and MIN-55-072; and The Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota, Grant in Aid #142588.

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  • Minnesota
  • Upper Midwestern U.S
  • addiction recovery
  • gossip
  • grounded theory
  • qualitative
  • qualitative research
  • rural areas
  • small towns

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.


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