Stressors encountered by older adults during recovery from alcoholism

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dc.contributor.advisor Murk, Peter J., 1942- en_US Stephan, Jane F. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US 2011-06-03T19:31:32Z 2011-06-03T19:31:32Z 1991 en_US 1991
dc.identifier LD2489.Z64 1991 .S74 en_US
dc.description.abstract Phenomenological inquiry was used to investigate stressors encountered by older adults during recovery from alcoholism. Thirteen men and thirteen women, ranging in age from 55 to 82 and in length of sobriety from 2 months to 41 years, generated 37 sources of stress which threatened stable recovery. Stressors were categorized as psychological, physiological, or environmental in origin.Results indicated that the number and multicomplexity of stressors intensified stress levels. Although some stressors were antecedent to sobriety, a significant proportion were unique in recovery and/or related to the maintenance of sobriety itself.Women's rates of response nearly doubled those of men. Women evidenced greater deficiencies in basic survival needs and family support for recovery, greater duration of stressors into the recovery period, and greater focalization on internal negative emotional states, particularly anxiety, guilt and anger. Males evidenced proportionally higher percentages of external sources of stress.Both genders showed higher percentages of environmental stressors than expected. Although the percentage of physiological stressors was lower than expected, there was notable incidence of iatrogenic cross-addiction to psychoactive medication during recovery.Treatment methods were an early sobrietal source of stress for both genders. Inpatient treatment experiences were negatively influenced by confrontive therapy approaches, mixed-age therapy groups, lack of assistance with problems other than alcoholism, and inattention to medical complications.This dissertation includes an extensive review of literature concerning alcoholism in older adults, and recommendations for research and practice. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Educational Leadership
dc.format.extent vi, 134 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Alcoholics -- Rehabilitation. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Stress (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Alcoholics -- Mental health. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Stress in old age. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Older people -- Alcohol use -- United States. en_US
dc.title Stressors encountered by older adults during recovery from alcoholism en_US Thesis (D. Ed.) en_US
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