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NCJ Number: 119654 Find in a Library
Title: Predictors of Alcoholics' Acquisition of Treatment-Related Knowledge
Journal: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:(1989)  Pages:49-53
Author(s): A I Alterman; J M Holahan; T G Baughman; S Michels
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 5
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Only modest relationships have been found between cognitive functioning and treatment outcome; there is some indication of better prediction of within-treatment progress.
Abstract: This study attempts to determine whether cognitive or sociodemographic/alcohol-related variables were predictive of learning in educational treatment. Eighty-seven male alcoholics were exposed to one hour of instruction on the medical effects of alcohol. Knowledge was assessed 24 hours prior to and 24 hours and three weeks after the intervention. Statistically significant increases in knowledge were found both 24 hours and three weeks following the educational intervention; retention of information declined significantly from 24 hours to three weeks post-intervention. The findings suggest that the clinician may be able to employ a limited number of variables to differentiate between patients who will and will not be able to acquire knowledge from educational interventions. 2 tables, 20 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Alcoholism treatment programs
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse education; Drug effects
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