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.
|Commitee:||Borders, Kevin, Frazier, Virginia|
|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|
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