ERIC Number: ED044734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Predicting the In-Hospital Responsiveness to Treatment of Alcoholics. Social Factors as Predictors of Outcome. Brain Damage as a Factor in Treatment Outcome of Chronic Alcoholic Patients.
Mascia, George V.; And Others
The authors attempt to locate predictor variables associated with the outcome of alcoholic treatment programs. Muscia's study focuses on the predictive potential of: (1) response to a GSR conditioning procedure; (2) several personality variables; and (3) age and IQ measures. Nine variables, reflecting diverse perspectives, were selected as a basis for assessing response to treatment. Data was collected on 41 subjects. A composite measure of improvement was established via factor analysis and a stepwise multiple correlation used to determine if the predictors were related to it. They were found to be not very effective. Bowen's study analyzed the relationship of long-standing variables (e.g. birth order, family size, etc.) and more recent social functioning variables (e.g. arrests, marital status, etc.) with post treatment functioning. The best predictors of future functioning were those variables which measured recent social functioning. Implications for client selection and treatment planning are discussed. Goldstein administered the Halstead Neuropsychological Battery to 53 sober but chronic alcoholics, who were then rated on degree of impairment. No correlation was found between this impairment rating and alcoholic treatment outcome, based on follow-ups of 40 subjects. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: Veterans Administration Hospital, Topeka, KS.
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Miami Beach, Florida, September 3-8, 1970