College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Problem Drinkers' Perceptions of Whether Treatment Goals Should Be Self-Selected or Therapist-Selected

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 1992

Publication Title

Behavior Therapy

ISSN

0005-7894

Volume

23

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

Social cognitive theory predicts that persons will be more motivated to achieve goals that they select. One hundred fifty eight alcohol abusers in outpatient treatment were asked about their goal selection preferences (i.e., self-selection, therapist-selection) and how likely they would be to achieve goals set by themselves or by a therapist. A clear majority indicated they preferred goal self-selection, and that they would be more likely to achieve self-set goals. Clients with more serious drinking problems were significantly more likely to favor therapist-set goals. Significantly more clients with at least some university education preferred self-selection of goals as compared to lesser educated clients.

DOI

10.1016/S0005-7894(05)80307-7