Date of Award

Fall 12-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication/TheatreArts

Program/Concentration

Lifespan and Digital Communication

Committee Director

Thomas J. Socha

Committee Member

Avi Santo

Committee Member

Gary Beck

Abstract

The following thesis is research into the Family Communication Patterns (FCP) (McLeod & Chaffee, 1972) of “alcoholics and drug addicts” (ADA) with long-term recovery stages III and IV. Improving relapse rates of ADA in early recovery stage I and stage II may require knowledge about the family communication environment and family type of those ADA with extended recovery time. This is an exploratory descriptive of FCP and family typology of 81 ADA identifying as Twelve-step fellowship (TSF) members recovering from the disease of addiction (Jellinek, 1947; 1960). Data was collected via online questionnaire with adapted scales; AWARE 3.0 relapse awareness warning (Miller & Harris, 1982) and Revised Family Communication Patterns Instrument (Koerner & Fitzpatrick 2002a; 2005). Data analysis of the 81 ADA found low-to-medium significant correlations within their FCP, typology, and the desire to relapse, supporting further research in the addiction rehab recovery counseling field with focus on family communication patterns and the communication field.

DOI

10.25777/nfy0-hm76

ISBN

9798557051170

ORCID

0000-0001-6455-035X

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