Date of Award

1985

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Abstract

The association between previous treatments for alcohol addiction and chance for success in a halfway house is the major focus of this research. A case study of the O'Brien Halfway House, during fiscal year 1983-84, was conducted for the purpose of further examining (1) selected variables that might be associated with completing or not completing treatment at O'Brien House and (2) selected variables that might be associated with the number of previous treatments for alcohol addiction that the patient has had prior to the admission at O'Brien House. Data were gathered on 84 patients through the use of a patient summary questionnaire. Finally, in a follow-up study involving 26 (one-third) of the 84 patients, the drinking behavior and life styles of these patients one year later were examined through the use of a Personal Interview Schedule and the Alcoholism Responsibility Scale. Three different statistical tests were used to support the analysis; the chi square test, the analysis of variance, and the Pearson's Product Moment Correlation. The .05 level of probability was used to determine statistical significance in testing the various hypotheses. Concerning the major variables in the study, there was found a statistically significant association between fewer previous admissions for alcohol addiction and success in subsequent admissions, p < .02. Statistically significant differences were also found between successful completion of the program at O'Brien Halfway House and: (a) living alone prior to enrollment, p < .02; (b) staying longer in treatment, p < .02. Also, statistically significant differences were found between fewer previous admissions for alcohol addiction treatment and: (a) male sex, p < .05; (b) presently married, p < .003; (c) social support contacts while in treatment, p < .01; and spouse social support systems, p < .01; (d) living in a city other than Baton Rouge, Louisiana, p < .005; (e) completing high school, p < .01; (f) employed at discharge, p < .01; (g) younger the age alcohol use started, p < .05. Finally, concerning a follow-up study of 26 of the 84 patients contacted a year after the 1983 program at O'Brien Halfway House, there was found to be statistically significant differences between fewer previous treatments for alcohol addiction and more personal control (internal locus of control), p < .009.

Pages

182

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