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Title: Partners of alcohol-dependent adults : intervention effectiveness, predictors of enabling behaviours, and gathering data by-proxy
Author: Fisher, Amy R. C.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2721 1457
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2011
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Family and carer-involved interventions are increasing as a result of changes in policy and guidance as to 'what works' in drug and alcohol treatment. This change of focus from individualistic treatment of alcohol-dependent people (ADPs), to involving their significant others, is a sign of the strong research evidence into the benefits of more socially inclusive options. These advantages are not only for the ADPs' recoveries, which in turn are important for commissioners and service providers, but they help family members and carers. Those connected with an ADP, such as partners, are a disadvantaged and neglected group who can gain from being involved in their ADP's treatment through learning about alcohol dependency and coping strategies. They can also gain support and advice in their own right. The literature review examines partner-based interventions so far: what they involve, whether they are effective, and the challenges and issues of working and researching in this way. The main conclusion was that working in this way can be effective if the treatment goal, intervention, and outcome measures are congruous (the triad of congruence). The research paper describes the study undertaken: a quantitative study into predictors of enabling behaviour in partners of ADPs. Enabling was defined as inadvertent reinforcement of the ADP drinking by partners, and represents one coping strategy employed by partners in their management of a highly stressful and personally challenging situation. Enabling is considered a particularly costly strategy to partners and ADPs, so an examination into predictors
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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