Author

Ruben

Date of Award

4-1983

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Chris Koronakos

Second Advisor

Dr. Malcolm Robertson

Third Advisor

Dr. Paul T. Mountjoy

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Applied behavior analysis programs designed to reduce attitudes about addictive behavior have been weak as far as overall training results. This research was an alternative training model in that it contained (a) a programmed instructional manual and self-paced homework assignments, and (b) lecture sessions. Selection of subjects from a local prison and private industry was based on indicated needs for substance abuse rehabilitation. Subjects went through a series of 9 programmed instructional units on developing self-control, and met for one weekly session for 9 consecutive weeks. Each instructional unit taught within a cognitive-behavioral model introduced concepts and techniques related to interpersonal growth and coping deficits. To test treatment efficacy, a variation of single-case and group designs was employed. Pretest and posttest measures on an attitudinal scale and proficiency performance showed significant (p>.05) score improvements. Results on verbal participation, attendance, and completed homework all indicated acquisition of self-control "attitudes." Implications for attitudinal training are discussed.

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