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ERIC Number: EJ888872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0889-7077
What Do Adolescents Exposed to Alcoholic Anonymous Think about 12-Step Groups?
Kelly, John F.; Myers, Mark G.; Rodolico, John
Substance Abuse, v29 n2 p53-62 2008
Objectives: Referral to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a common continuing care recommendation. Evidence suggests some youth benefit, yet, despite referrals, youth participation is low. Little is known about adolescents' experiences of AA/NA. Greater knowledge would inform and help tailor aftercare recommendations. Method: Two clinical samples of youth (N = 74 and N = 377) were asked about their perceptions of, and experiences with, AA/NA with responses categorized by content into domains assessed for face validity and reliability. Results: The aspects of AA/NA youth liked best were general group dynamic processes related to universality, support, and instillation of hope. The most common reason for discontinuing was boredom/lack of fit. Conclusions: General group-therapeutic, and not 12-step-specific, factors are most valued by youth during early stages of recovery and/or degree of AA/NA exposure. Many youth discontinue due to a perceived lack of fit, suggesting a mismatch between some youth and aspects of AA/NA. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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