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ERIC Number: ED147749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug-30
Reference Count: 0
Problem Perception, Self-Management, and Patient Characteristics: Assessment of Treatment Preference.
Kilpatrick, Dean G.; And Others
With controlled drinking increasingly recognized as a viable treatment goal, there is a clear need for the development of reliable, valid procedures to assess alcoholics' preferences for and success in treatment programs striving to achieve either abstinence or controlled drinking. The purpose of this study is to answer three questions: (1) What differences, if any, exist between alcoholics who select abstinence and those who select controlled drinking as a treatment goal? (2) What differences, if any, exist between alcoholics who are spurious and those who are motivated treatment candidates? (3) What percentage of spurious treatment candidates are among male veteran alcoholics hospitalized for detoxification? Conclusions drawn from this study are that: (1) the assessment battery proved useful in providing information about motivation for treatment but not about treatment goal; (2) those who are unmotivated for treatment have similar characteristics whether they select abstinence or controlled drinking as a goal; (3) subjective distress is apparently a chief determinant of motivation for treatment; (4) field dependence is a measure which may prove useful in detection of denial problems and/or lack of candor, and (5) while the assessment battery proved useful as a screening device, the need for careful behavioral assessment, including gathering information from collateral sources, is clearly indicated. (Author/LEB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Veterans Administration, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Nato International Conference on Experimental and Behavioral Approaches to Alcoholism (Bergen, Norway, August 28- September 1, 1977)