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ERIC Number: ED411485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 20
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Cross-Cultural Pluralism and Spiritual Orientation of Recovery from Alcoholism.
Miller, Geraldine; Russo, Thomas J.; Greene, Al
Counseling which emphasizes spiritual concerns in treatment approaches must note the impact of alcoholism on different racial groups; counselors should not presume that the dominant culture's definition of spirituality applies to the client. The spiritual development of recovering alcoholics within the context of their culture is the focus of this paper. It examines the quantitative and qualitative aspects of spiritual well-being in recovering Caucasian, Native American, and African American alcoholics. The Spiritual Well-Being Scale (Ellison, 1983; Paloutzian and Ellison, 1982) was used in two studies: study 1 compared Caucasian alcoholics (N=50) to Native American alcoholics and non-alcoholics (N=37); study 2 compared African American alcoholics (N=50) to Caucasian alcoholics (N=68). Additionally, three separate focus groups were conducted with selected samples of Native American, African American, and Caucasian alcoholics. Results from the study groups indicated no significant quantitative differences in terms of spiritual, religious, and/or existential well-being among the three groups. However, the focus groups revealed some potentially important thematic differences among these culturally diverse groups, suggesting that the spiritual voice of the individual can only be accessed through qualitative methods. Recognition and incorporation of culture in treatment programs may facilitate the formation of spiritual views, thereby facilitating recovery from alcoholism. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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