Title page for ETD etd-07092010-090934


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Nicholson, Alan
Author's Email Address agdn78@yahoo.com
URN etd-07092010-090934
Title Altruism and Alcohol Dependence: Is There a Relationship Between Helping Others and Recovery?
Degree Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Department Social Work
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Lemieux, Catherine Committee Chair
Cain, Daphne Committee Member
Maccio, Elaine Committee Member
Keywords
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • AA
  • helping
  • recovery
  • alcohol
  • chemical dependency
  • Alcoholism
  • altruism
Date of Defense 2010-06-08
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and the Twelve Steps have been instrumental in the recovery of numerous persons who are alcohol dependent. Altruism has been found to have a positive effect on physical and psychological functioning in diverse populations. A key component of AA is altruistic helping and service to others to recover from alcohol dependency. The current study explores the relationship between altruism and recovery from alcohol dependency. Self-report survey data focusing on altruism, AA altruistic activities, and recovery from alcohol dependence was collected from 92 AA members and analyzed to assess for correlations between altruism and recovery. No statistically significant relationship between altruism and recovery from alcohol dependence emerged. Therefore, altruism should not be utilized as a primary mode of treatment for alcohol dependence until further evidence demonstrates the positive effect of altruism on recovery.
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