Type of Document Dissertation Author Allgood, Jane G. URN etd-09182003-211751 Title Initation of Treatment for Alcohol Abuse: A Developmental Approach Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department Social Work, School of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title C. Aaron McNeece Committee Chair Dianne F. Harrison Committee Member Rebecca Miles Committee Member Keywords
- Across Stages Of The Life
Date of Defense 2003-08-02 Availability unrestricted AbstractAlcohol abuse is often considered a young person’s rite of passage and part of the maturing process. Indeed, the developmental periods when alcohol misuse and abuse are highest are those of adolescence and early adulthood.
The focus for alcohol use research and funding over the years has been with adolescent prevention and intervention. Because of this focus on adolescents, little is being done to explore and to learn more about adult use and adult entry into treatment. Since the average age of the population is increasing, these
attitudes toward alcohol use and treatment are no longer valid. Use, misuse, and abuse of alcohol in adulthood, especially that leading to addiction and then treatment, is a problem within the United States (US) that merits careful attention.
The purpose of this dissertation research is to investigate specific aspects of entry into alcohol abuse treatment across stages of the life course. The investigation used the sequential life course theory of Levinson as the primary
guiding theory and incorporated those aspects of Bronfenbrenner’s social ecology theory used by Levinson. Specifically, with a population of
approximately 94,000, this research examined the differences among individuals who began alcohol abuse treatment in mid-life and who experienced variations in time duration from the age of first use to the age of first treatment. Additionally,
this research evaluated the timing of treatment episodes in light of the transitions within the life course as outlined by Levinson.
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