Date Approved

6-15-2006

Embargo Period

4-6-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Kerwin, Mary Louise E.

Subject(s)

Psychological tests; Substance abuse

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine responses to two administration formats of an assessment instrument. Specifically, this study examined responses to oral and written administrations of an instrument designed to examine the problems of significant others of substance abusers. Participants were part of a larger treatment study conducted at the Treatment Research Institute and consisted of two significant others of substance abusers. Participants were given both an oral and written administration of the Significant Other Checklist (SOC; Kirby et al., 2005) at intake of the larger treatment study. The SOC (Kirby et al., 2005) seeks to examine problems along the dimensions of emotional, relationship, family, financial, health, legal, and physical violence problems. Paired t-tests were conducted between both administrations on each of the seven subscales of the SOC (Kirby et al., 2005). Currently, results indicate no significant difference between the oral and written administration of the SOC although, these results are still exploratory due to a small sample size. Further, preliminary data indicates that significant others reported more problems on the written administration of the SOC in the dimensions of emotional, relationship, financial, and legal problems.

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