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Maturing Out of Drinking Problems: Perceptions of Natural History as a Function of Severity
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
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2005 (English)In: Addiction Research and Theory, ISSN 1058-6989, Vol. 13, no 1, 79-84 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study tested the hypothesis that maturing out descriptions of change were more common among respondents whose drinking problems were less severe prior to reduction and that consequence driven changes were more common among those who had a lifetime diagnosis of alcohol dependence, prior to resolution. As part of a general population telephone survey, former heavy drinkers were asked their reasons for change. These responses were tape-recorded, transcribed and then coded into three categories – consequence driven reasons, drifting out reasons and reflective maturational reasons. As predicted, drifting out reasons were more often provided by those with less severe alcohol use and consequence related reasons appeared associated with respondents who had had more severe alcohol problems. The differing descriptions of pathways to change observed in natural history studies may be the result of research that captures only partial samples of the larger population of former heavy drinkers.

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2005. Vol. 13, no 1, 79-84 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-60426DOI: 10.1080/16066350512331328131OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-60426DiVA: diva2:434964
Available from: 2011-08-16 Created: 2011-08-16 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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