ERIC Number: ED224638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Comparison of Some Personality Characteristics of Male Problem Drinkers in Rural Tennessee.
Mookherjee, Harsha N.
Sixteen hundred and thirty white male adults living in the Upper Cumberland area of rural middle Tennessee were administered the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST) to classify them by their degree of alcohol abuse into alcoholics, probable alcoholics, and non-alcoholics. These respondents had been referred by the courts to an educational rehabilitation program upon conviction of driving-while-intoxicated offense. Complete information from 1,477 respondents was available and analyzed regarding the subjects' religious fundamentalism, powerlessness, perceived locus of control, self-esteem, and sensation-seeking. Results indicated that the alcoholics experienced more powerlessness, attributed slightly less control to external environmental forces, and had lower senses of self-esteem than did non-alcoholics. Additionally, alcoholics were more inclined than non-alcoholics toward sensation-seeking. Implications of these results are briefly discussed within the theoretical framework of social learning. (Author/AH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test; Tennessee
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Guelph, Ontario, Canada, August 19-23, 1981).