Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Seeking safety and the social model of addictions treatment: A comparison study for the homeless, addicted, and traumatized
by Lange-Altman, Tiffany, Psy.D., Spalding University, 2015, 91; 3632067
Abstract (Summary)

A comparison study examined the effects on coping styles that occur when an evidence-based treatment, Seeking Safety (SS), is added to an established social model of recovery. Moreover, an exploratory analysis of participant variables in the control group (136 males, 162 females) was conducted within the social model in order to establish the foundational needs of the population as well as ensure that the experimental group was comparable (22 males, 30 females). Participants volunteered to engage in an eight-session closed-group format of SS to determine if participation contributed to an increase in Adaptive coping styles as well as a decrease in Maladaptive coping styles. Overall, findings support the hypothesized enhancements. A closer look at components of coping demonstrated that individuals improved on nine out of ten substyles of Adaptive coping but displayed no change in using humor to handle stressors. For Maladaptive coping, participants decreased using four of the five substyles. However, females worsened in venting of emotions. As a whole, significant improvement was noted in 15 of the 17 coping styles assessed. Support for these findings was also demonstrated in subjective feedback from participants who expressed receiving benefits beyond enhancement of coping skills in regards to emotional healing. It is believed that the study provides foundational support for the benefits of incorporating evidence-based treatment with the social model of recovery.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bergandi, Thomas
Commitee: Borders, Kevin, Frazier, Virginia
School: Spalding University
Department: Professional Psychology
School Location: United States -- Kentucky
Source: DAI-B 75/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Addiction, Alcoholics anonymous, Coping skills, Homeless, Seeking safety, Trauma
Publication Number: 3632067
ISBN: 978-1-321-11315-0
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