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Differences between nonprofessional recovering alcoholic counselors treating Bowery alcoholics: A study of therapist variables

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Abstract

Several treatment variables have been suggested as critical in the outcome of psychiatric therapy. These can be categorized as patient variables, therapy variables, and therapist variables. This study utilized a homogeneous Bowery-patient population, treated in a comprehensive inpatient treatment and rehabilitation program, and attempted to assess differences among nonprofessional recovering alcoholic counselors. The therapeutic outcome of the alcoholic patients was correlated with the values held by the counselors as assessed on the Rokeach Value Scale, suggesting that this instrument may provide an easy to administer and inexpensive screening method for counselors of patients suffering from alcoholism.

Conclusions

The treatment of Bowery residents suffering from alcoholism treated by non-professional recovering alcoholic counselors is correlated with the values they hold on the Rokeach Scale—positive values being broadminded, imaginative, loving, and equality, and negative values being national security and independence.

The treatment outcome of Bowery residents treated by nonprofessional recovering alcoholic counselors is suggestively correlated with personality profiles on the MMPI and their time utilization.

The treatment outcome of Bowery residents treated by nonprofessional recovering alcoholic counselors is not correlated with the age, religion, ethnicity, education, marital status, or veteran status of the patients.

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Talbott, J.A., Gillen, C. Differences between nonprofessional recovering alcoholic counselors treating Bowery alcoholics: A study of therapist variables. Psych Quart 50, 333–342 (1978). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01064460

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  • Public Health
  • Marital Status
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Rehabilitation Program
  • Screening Method