Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Malcolm H. Robertson

Second Advisor

Dr. Chris Koronokos

Third Advisor

Dr. Frederick Gault

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to examine the difference in self-concept, physical self-concept, personality constructs, irrationality and social anxiety in two populations of alcoholics differing in length of sobriety. The interrelationships between the aforementioned variables were also examined. Multivariate analysis of individual test means was unable to demonstrate a difference between groups. Discriminative analysis found Identity and Physical Self subscales from the Tennessee Self Concept Scale were able to discriminate between groups. The Hysteria scale from the MMPI was found to have discriminative value. Scales from the Irrational Belief Test, Body Characteristic Scale, and the social anxiety tests were found not to have individual discriminative value. The only demographic variable found to have discriminative value was age. When all variables were combined for overall discriminative analysis, age, the Masculinity/Femininity scale from the MMPI, and the Social Avoidance and Distress scale were all found to have discriminative value.

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