ERIC Number: ED262368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
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Differences between Alcoholic Couples Accepting and Rejecting an Offer of Outpatient Marital Therapy.
O'Farrell, Timothy J.; And Others
Several theorists have advocated marital therapy in treatment programs for alcoholics. Given the promise of marital therapy for alcoholics, it is important to develop successful techniques for recruitment. One approach toward improving recruitment is to identify the characteristics of couples who are likely to accept or reject marital therapy. Following an extensive evaluation in which husbands and wives separately completed questionnaires about their marriage and an interview about the alcoholic's drinking, 35 couples with alcoholic husbands decided to participate in couples therapy (acceptors) and 28 couples did not (rejectors). Data from the evaluation were used to examine ten demographic variables, the severity of the husband's drinking and the couple's marital problems, previous help-seeking behaviors, and each spouse's motivation to improve the marriage. A stepwise multiple discriminant analysis was used to compare scores of acceptors and rejectors. A significant discriminant function indicated that acceptors were characterized by husbands with more education, better marital adjustment, full-time employment, and a larger number of alcohol-related arrests. Acceptors also had sought more outpatient help in the past year. Rejectors were characterized by wives with better marital adjustment, greater living distance from the clinic, and husbands with more alcohol-related hospitalizations. Rejector husbands also tended to be older. These findings have implications for planning efforts to attract alcoholics likely to accept marital therapy and for identifying and dealing with potential rejectors of marital therapy among patients in alcoholism treatment programs. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Veterans Administration Hospital, Brockton, MA.
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