ERIC Number: ED126416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Alcoholism: An Evaluation of Intervention Strategy in Family Agencies. Final Report.
Hoffman, Herbert J.; Hoffman, Ludmila W.
A major goal of the project was to secure improved treatment resources for alcoholics and their families within family service agencies. The project sought changes in the following areas: (1) attitude change, (2) information transfer, (3) increase in effectiveness, and (4) a more open admission policy. After two training periods, a similar amount of positive attitude change was generated in each of the training groups. The pattern of change on a number of measures seemed directly related to the practice of the two groups of trainees. Results also indicate that positive attitude change occurred among staff members who did not participate in the program. However, this change was reflected in their practice measures only in a few instances. Individual, group and agency characteristics may be useful in explaining certain differences in direction and magnitude of change; however, the major outcome--an intervention was introduced and a desired change occurred after this intervention--continues to stand. There are indications that over time the change on some significant variables begins to taper off and the trainees' awareness of the gains they made in training increases. It is suggested that additional input is required to maintain change and sustain momentum created by the project. (Author)
Descriptors: Alcohol Education, Alcoholism, Attitude Change, Behavior Change, Clinics, Community Organizations, Counseling Effectiveness, Counselor Attitudes, Counselor Training, Family Counseling, Information Dissemination, Public Agencies, Student Projects, Teaching Methods
United Community Planning Corporation, 14 Somerset Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02108 (HC $8.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: United Community Planning Corp., Boston, MA.