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Master of Science (MS)


Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Thorana S. Nelson


The current study is a secondary analysis of a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) study in which 122 women received treatment for their substance abuse problems. Three models of substance abuse treatment were administered. One included standard substance abuse treatment alone and two models included supplemental couple's therapy in addition to standard treatment. The current study examined the significance of the relationship between changes in the women's levels of intimacy and autonomy, during and after treatment, and their treatment outcomes according to the treatment modality they received.

It was hypothesized that the relationship would be significant in that levels of intimacy and autonomy would be important variables with regard to treatment outcomes in couple's therapy. No statistical significance was reported although some significant trends were found with regard to the fluctuation of intimacy and autonomy levels during and after treatment. Implications for policy, practice, and future research are reviewed.