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Understanding the Relationship of Working the 12 Steps and Self-Efficacy in Members of Alcoholics Anonymous
by Adelman-Mullally, Theresa, Ph.D., Illinois State University, 2017, 89; 10620648
Abstract (Summary)

An increasing body of evidence supports the assertion that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an effective intervention for those individuals working to overcome alcohol use disorder. One outcome cited is improved self-efficacy, which has been credited to participation in AA but not specifically to working the 12 steps. A search of the literature using a multitude of databases (i.e. CINAHL, PsychInfo) revealed several positive outcomes attributed to Alcoholics Anonymous. However, no publication to date addresses the effect of working the steps of AA. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to describe the self-efficacy in a sample of AA members working the 12 steps. Given the paucity of research on this phenomenon, a concurrent, embedded mixed method design is used to provide a foundation for understanding this phenomenon. This study attempts to address this current knowledge gap to further the understanding of why AA works. Lessons learned from the experience of conducting research within a mutual help group are shared, which can inform future research with similar populations. The quantitative results of this study suggest that length of sobriety is related to alcohol abstinence self-efficacy. Directions for future research are provided, and the results lend credence to nurses providing referral to AA for patients with AUD.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kerber, Cindy
Commitee: Kim, MyoungJin, Mallory, Caroline, Reitz, O. E.
School: Illinois State University
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 79/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Clinical psychology
Keywords: 12 steps, Alcohol use disorder, Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery, Self-efficacy, Twelve steps
Publication Number: 10620648
ISBN: 978-0-355-66814-8
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