Predictors of Treatment Outcome for Alcoholics Treated by Individualized Behavior Therapy.
Alcoholism, Behavior Therapy
Predictors of abstinent and controlled drinking outcomes were investigated for 69 male alcoholics who had participated in a study of individualized behavior therapy for alcoholics. Percent of days abstinent 19–24 mos following treatment and a measure reflecting control over drinking (Controlled Drinking Index) during that same interval were regressed on 3 posttreatment, 3 within-treatment and 7 pretreatment variables. These analyses suggested that drinking outcomes stabilize between 1 and 2 years following treatment and revealed that drinking behavior during the 6 mos preceding the criterion outcome interval was the best predictor of both outcomes. While a strong relationship was found between a controlled drinking treatment goal and controlled drinking outcomes, treatment goal was not related to abstinent outcomes. Total pretreatment alcohol-related hospitalizations were negatively related to controlled drinking outcomes. The contributions of these findings to an understanding of Client X Treatment X Outcome interactions are discussed.
Maisto, S. A.,
Sobell, M. B.,
Sobell, L. C.
(1980). Predictors of Treatment Outcome for Alcoholics Treated by Individualized Behavior Therapy.. Addictive Behaviors, 5(3), 259-264.
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