Social support in alcohol dependence and social phobia: Treatment comparisons

TitleSocial support in alcohol dependence and social phobia: Treatment comparisons
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsThevos, AK, Thomas, SE, Randall, CL
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
PublisherSage Publications
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1049-73151552-7581
KeywordsAlcohol treatment, Alcoholism, Cognitive Therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, concurrent alcohol dependence, gender differences, Human Sex Differences, Motivation, Motivation Training, motivational enhancement therapy, social phobia, Social Support, twelve step facilitation therapy, Twelve Step Programs

This study investigated whether different alcoholism treatment approaches differentially impact social support scores in individuals with concurrent alcohol dependence and social phobia. 397 Individuals (aged 21-69 yrs old) were selected retrospectively from a larger pool of participants enrolled in a multisite randomized clinical trial on treatment matching. Three standard treatments were delivered over 12 wks: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Twelve Step Facilitation Therapy (TSF), and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET). Social support measures were analyzed to test the effects of treatment group and gender. For men, there was significant improvement on 2 measures of social support regardless of treatment group. Women who received CBT or TSF had better support outcomes than women who received MET. These data suggest that social support can be improved through alcohol treatment in individuals with coexisting social phobia, particularly if social workers emphasize skills training and facilitating involvement in 12-step groups. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)

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