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ERIC Number: ED317894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 7
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Therapeutic Intervention in the Treatment of Substance Abuser's Unresolved Grief Reactions in an Inpatient Hospital Setting: A Study of Two Group Approaches.
Forrest, Alan; Geoffroy, Kevin
This study examined the differential effects of a higher level inpatient therapy group as compared with a structured didactic group on adult substance abusers' unresolved grief reactions in an inpatient hospital setting. It was hypothesized that, compared to control group subjects, subjects participating in the two treatment groups would experience a significant degree of grief resolution, decreased depression, significantly greater changes in intraception (ability to engage in understanding one's own behavior and the behavior of others), and significantly greater changes in succorance (ability to solicit sympathy, affection, or emotional support from others). In addition, it was hypothesized that subjects in the higher level therapy group would experience significantly greater changes in personal adjustment compared to the structured didactic group and the control group. Subjects (N=41) completed the Texas Revised Inventory of Grief, Beck Depression Inventory, and three scales (Intraception, Succorance, and Personal Adjustment) from the Adjective Check List as pretests and as posttests following eight counseling sessions for treatment subjects. The findings revealed significant improvement in intraception and personal adjustment by both treatment groups compared to the control group and significant improvement in succorance for the higher level inpatient therapy group. There were no significant differences between the two treatment groups and control group with respect to grief resolution or improvement of depression. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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