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Title: Co-occurring substance misuse and psychological distress : the influence of social networks and the effectiveness of integrated interventions
Author: Thompson, Clare R.
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2014
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Individuals who misuse substances are highly likely to have a co-occurring mental health problems and difficulties; in fact it has been asserted that co-occurring substance misuse and mental health difficulties should be regarded as the rule rather than the exception. This document summarises firstly a systematic review of research considering the effectiveness of group-based treatment for depression and co-occurring substance misuse. The review concluded that ICBT was the only integrated group intervention to demonstrate effectiveness in reducing substance misuse and depressive symptoms. Group-based substance misuse interventions were also effective in reducing substance misuse and depressive symptoms if they were manualised, promoted activity, challenged cognitions and had an interpersonal element. Secondly, this document summarises a research study completed which explored the relationships between psychological distress, substance misuse and social network (e.g. family and friends) characteristics and social support for women attending community addiction services. The research paper concluded that the structural components of participants’ social networks and the clinical profile were consistent with previous research. The relationship between perceptions of social support and psychological distress and substance dependence are discussed in the context of Relational Regulation Theory.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology