M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology
College of Science & Mathematics
Kerwin, Mary Louise E.
Mental health counseling; Substance abuse
The purpose of this study is to determine the perception of control and level of distress in Concerned Significant Others (CSO) seeking help for their loved one's drug abuse or dependence; and the effect of Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) intervention on CSO's perception of control as a possible mediator of the outcome. Participants were part of a larger treatment study conducted at the Treatment Research Institute and consisted of two significant others of substance abusers. The Shapiro Control Inventory (SCI) and the Drinkers Partners Distress Scale (DPD) were used to assess variables of control and distress at intake, monthly, and after treatment. Subjects were randomly assigned to receive CRAFT or 12-Step facilitation. Preliminary results indicate a negative correlation between a CSO perception of control and level of distress (r=-.823, p=.192, n=2). However, due to lack of participants and data, results are inconclusive and cannot allow the determination of the relationship between distress and control or the effect the CRAFT intervention has on CSOs perception of control and level of distress.
Tonczyczyn, Heather, "Level of distress and perception of control in concerned significant others of substance abusers" (2006). Theses and Dissertations. 941.