Date of Award

1985

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

William R. Dobson

Abstract

Neither Glasser's (1976) survey data nor popular magazine articles (which seldom cite references) have provided conclusive evidence regarding the existence of running addiction or established causality between this addiction and Beta-endorphin. An integration and summarization of research on the effects of opiates, Beta-endorphin and running will answer the following question, or indicate where evidence is insufficient and explore avenues that require further research.

  • Question 1: Is distance running addictive and if so, what is the role of Beta-endorphin in this addiction?

Secondly, prior reviews of research of the effects of opiates and Beta-endorphin on psychopathological illnesses will be combined with research on both running as a therapeutic tool and its impact on personality. An integration and summary of the research in these areas will answer the following question, or indicate where evidence is not sufficient plus explore areas for additional research.

  • Question 2: What implications would running-produced Beta-endorphin have for therapy?

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