The effectiveness of interventions and social support for families affected by addiction

Spicer, Carly Louise (2014). The effectiveness of interventions and social support for families affected by addiction. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.


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Volume One is a literature review aimed to explore the effectiveness of interventions for family members affected by a relative’s addiction problem, namely; substance misuse and gambling. Several databases were systematically searched and seventeen papers included. Several core themes arose from the literature; methodological quality, theoretical understanding, intervention characteristics, population differences, and outcome for participants and the findings are explained.

Volume Two describes a study focused on affected family members of relatives who have a substance misuse problem. Previous findings have led to the development of the Stress Strain Coping Support (SSCS) Model based on a psychological understanding of responses to stressful circumstances. For the present study it was hypothesised that; the greater the affected family member stress the greater the affected family member strain (symptoms) and that three different types of social support will have a moderating effect on the amount of strain experienced by affected family members. Sixty nine family members were recruited. A Multiple Mediation Model tested the mediating effects of coping as a single construct and three types of social support on the relationship between stress and strain. The results showed that as stress increases more symptoms of strain are observed, further to this negative support from others served to increase symptoms of strain. Other types of social support and coping were not found to have a mediating effect. Limitations and the implications of the findings are discussed.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman


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