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ERIC Number: EJ958536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Effects of a Low-Element Challenge Course on Abstinence Self-Efficacy and Group Cohesion
Clem, Jamie M.; Smith, Thomas E.; Richards, Kristin V.
Research on Social Work Practice, v22 n2 p151-158 Mar 2012
Substance abuse researchers identify self-efficacy and group cohesion as important components in alcohol and other drug-dependency treatment. Objectives: The purpose of this single-group, pretest-posttest study is to explore the therapeutic value of a challenge course intervention on the self-efficacy and group cohesion of nine chemically dependent, adult females. Methods: Data were collected using two validated outcome measures administered before and after the intervention. Focus groups provided insight into the experiences of participants and were examined using manifest and latent theme analysis. Results: Findings indicate statistically significant improvements on both outcome measures with medium to large effect sizes. Several themes were identified including group unity, trust, interpersonal growth, and self-confidence. Conclusions: Suggestions for practice and future research are provided. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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