ERIC Number: ED348589
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
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Counseling Psychologists' Attitudes and Knowledge about Alcoholism.
Michaud, Lois I.; And Others
The purpose of this study was to determine the attitudes held by counseling psychologists about alcoholics and alcoholism, and to determine the relationship between these attitudes and the individual's level of experience, knowledge and training in the alcoholism domain. Although counseling psychologists typically deal with developmental issues, career choice, change and adjustment, and situational life problems, it has become increasingly evident that alcohol plays a significant role in the problems of clients they see. In this study counseling psychologists (N=475) responded to a seven-page questionnaire which assessed their attitudes, experience, and factual knowledge about alcoholism. Data were analyzed descriptively and using multiple regression methods. Results indicated: (1) 76% of those sampled indicated that they made a clear distinction between "problem drinking" and "alcoholism"; (2) most viewed alcoholics as generally wanting help, treatable, immature, troublesome in the office, and undependable; (3) most reported feeling comfortable, judgmental, friendly, knowledgeable, and reasonably optimistic when treating an alcoholic client; (4) on the 28-item alcohol/alcoholism information questionnaire, respondents answered an average of 15.92 items correctly; (5) men had more correct answers than women; and (6) no difference in items answered correctly between those who do and those who do not use standardized assessment procedures in identifying and diagnosing alcoholism in their clients. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Counseling Psychology
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (100th, Washington, DC, August 14-18, 1992).