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ERIC Number: EJ841907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1050-9674
Factors in Successful Relapse Prevention among Hong Kong Drug Addicts
Cheung, Chau-Kiu; Lee, Tak-Yan; Lee, Chak-Man
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, v37 n3-4 p179-199 2003
This article reports on the findings of a study involving intensive interviews with 21 former drug addicts who had successfully maintained abstinence for periods ranging from one-and-a-half to four years. They were among the 74 successful former drug addicts out of a pool of more than 2,000 participating in a major rehabilitation program in Hong Kong in 1996. The intensive interviewing primarily employed a Q-sort task which required respondents to rate the importance of causes leading to their success in abstinence maintenance. The pool of causes was derived from ten theories that claim to explain drug abuse and recovery. Results show that the cognitive-developmental factor was the most important one followed by the social cognitive factor, which was significantly more important among former addicts who had maintained abstinence for longer time. These findings, therefore, uphold the particular relevance of cognitive factors to rehabilitation. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong