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Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
 
 
 

NCAIANMHR

Healing of the Spirit/American Indian Pathways to Abstinence


PROJECT TITLE:
Healing of the Spirit/American Indian Pathways to Abstinence

FUNDING SOURCE: 
NIAAA

DATES OF FUNDING: 
1999-2003

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR(S): 
Paul Spicer, PhD.

CENTER STAFF INVOLVED:
Marjorie Bezdek, Calvin Croy, Marvine Douville, Ann Wilson Frederick, Robert Moran, Nohoon Kwak, Paul Spicer, and Sheila Young

 

SPECIFIC AIMS/RESEARCH GOALS:

This study has 4 Specific Aims:

  1. to investigate how abstinence is meaningfully construed and experienced by American Indian men and women;
  2. to determine the factors that are relevant to understanding how alcohol-dependent men and women give up drinking and maintain their abstinence;
  3. to establish a typology of pathways to abstinence in this community; and
  4. to link characteristics of American Indian individuals with their pathways to abstinence. 

RESEARCH DESIGN:
Open-ended ethnographic interviews with all participants in a previous study (AI-SUPERPFP) who met DSM-IIIR criteria for lifetime alcohol dependence. These interviews focus on positive and negative experiences that may be associated with remission, family environment, and coping.

 

PARTICIPANTS:
180 enrolled members of a Northern Plains tribe who met DSM-IIIR criteria for lifetime alcohol dependence in the AI-SUPERPFP diagnostic interview.

 

MEASURES:
Embedded within an open-ended interview focusing on the respondent’s story are probes for the following:

  1. Negative events related to drinking
  2. Positive life changes associated with remission
  3. Factors in the maintenance of abstinence
  4. Family dynamics, and
  5. Coping strategies

These are being coded for subsequent qualitative data analysis.

 

PUBLICATIONS:
None at this time.

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