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Bryant, Kay, Early Retention in Substance Abuse
Treatment: Attachment, Interpersonal Functioning, and
Perceptions of Treatment as Predictors. Doctor of
Philosophy (Counseling Psychology), August, 1992, 191 pp., 7
tables, 1 illustration, references, 83 titles.
Factors related to early retention in substance abuse
treatment were explored. This study was designed to explore
the cognitive-perceptual roots of attrition from substance
abuse treatment. Previous research on interpersonal issues
among substance abusers and attachment theory suggested
areas for investigation: the perception of early parental
care, current interpersonal functioning, and perception of
the substance abuse treatment program.
The first four hypotheses predicted that perception of
early parental care, adult attachment, self-reported
interpersonal style, and perceptions of the current
treatment program (real-ideal difference score measuring
dissatisfaction) would each show a relationship to early
retention. The last hypothesis proposed that the variables
would have a multivariate relationship to retention with
greater predictive power associated with a variable's
specificity and proximity to retention. The dependent
variable was retention in treatment on the :15th day after
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