ERIC Number: ED326810
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
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Couples Relapse Prevention Sessions as a Maintenance Strategy for Alcoholics.
Cutter, Henry S. G.; And Others
This study evaluated whether alcoholics who receive relapse prevention (RP) sessions in the year after a short-term behavioral marital therapy (BMT) do better at long-term follow-up than do those not receiving the additional RP. Sixty couples with an alcoholic husband, after participating in 10 weekly BMT couples group sessions, were assigned randomly to receive or not receive 15 additional conjoint couples RP sessions over the next 12 months. A multidimensional battery of marital, sexual, drinking, and related outcome measures was collected before and after the BMT group and at quarterly intervals for 2.5 years after the BMT group. This provided ongoing assessment during the 12 months when one-half of the couples were getting RP sessions and 18 months follow-up data after the RP sessions ended. Results from 12-month follow-up data for one-half of the sample showed that significant improvements in male alcoholics' marital and drinking outcomes occurred from before to after the BMT couples groups. Alcoholics who received RP after BMT maintained their improved marriages better, used behaviors targeted by BMT more, and showed a trend toward less drinking. Further, alcoholics with more severe alcohol and marital problems, who did not receive RP, deteriorated at a faster rate in the months after BMT ended than did their counterparts who did receive RP. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (98th, Boston, MA, August 10-14, 1990).