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Does clinical distress impact attempts to moderate in problem drinkers? : analysis of outcomes from a randomized clinical trial

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Title: Does clinical distress impact attempts to moderate in problem drinkers? : analysis of outcomes from a randomized clinical trial
Author: Campbell, William
Advisor(s): Dougher, Michael
Committee Member(s): Witherington, David
Dougher, Michael
Gangestadt, Steve
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Psychology
Subject(s): Moderate Drinking
Co-morbid
Dual-Diagnosis
Alcohol Use Disorder
Behavioral Self-Control Training
Self-Regulation
LC Subject(s): Controlled drinking--Psychological aspects.
Alcoholism--Psychological aspects.
Distress (Psychology)--Social aspects.
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: This study examined the relationship between participant’s level of psychological distress and their attempts to control their problematic alcohol consumption in a randomized clinical trial comparing two web-based Behavioral Self-Control Training (BSCT) interventions. Potential participants in the trial were screened for both severe mental illness and symptoms of alcohol dependence. Based on prevailing theories, as well as research on individuals diagnosed with co-morbid anxious or mood disorders with alcohol use disorders, it was hypothesized that participants reporting higher levels of clinical distress would have worse outcomes. However, the results of this trial demonstrated that participants reporting higher levels of clinical distress at intake, as assessed by the Brief Symptom Inventory-18 (BSI), were more successful and reducing both number of drinks they consumed per drinking occasion as well as the number of days they drank per drinking period at 3 and 12-month follow-up, relative to those who reported less or no clinical distress at intake.
Graduation Date: July 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/11124

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