Date of Award:

2002

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Psychology

Advisor/Chair:

David Stein

Abstract

Alcohol misuse is a very common problem with high financial and personal costs. Treatment requires allocation of limited resources for optimal impact. Responsible decision making in this area should be based upon reasoned weighing of research evidence. Miller and colleagues completed a meta-analytic review of all controlled studies published before 1992 to help clinicians do just that. The coding system they employed examined methodological quality, as well as outcome, to obtain a rank­ordering of treatments that seem to have the most quality research support. The current study attempts to extend this work utilizing the same coding on studies published since 1992, and combine both databases of articles. Revised rank orderings of treatments and conclusions regarding variables related to outcomes are reported. Implications are discussed, along with limitations of this review. An upward trend in methodological quality over time was also discovered.

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