Title

Caring Confrontation with Involuntary Chemical Dependency Clients

Department

Social Work

Date of Paper/Work

2012

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper

Advisors

David J. Roseborough

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to research the benefits of caring confrontation with 24 involuntary chemically dependent clients. The researcher created a survey which contained 11 variables that measured the benefits of caring confrontation and type of caring confrontation with the demographics of age, gender, and amount of time in treatment. The survey was distributed at a Midwestern chemical dependency facility. The results of the survey showed a positive mean score in the area of benefits of caring confrontation for the entire sample and when factoring in the demographics of age, gender, and amount of time in treatment. The results of the survey also showed a positive mean score in the area of type of caring confrontation for the entire sample, and when controlling for the demographics of age, gender, and amount of time in treatment. Although there were positive results regardless of demographics measured, the research yielded the most positive results for benefits of caring confrontation for individuals in treatment from one to two months with a mean score of 18.44 (on a scale of 4 to 20) versus individuals in treatment from three months to aftercare with a mean score of 14.56. The conclusions of this research are that caring confrontation is perceived as beneficial to involuntary, chemically dependent clients in this sample in the areas of relapse, recidivism, and bio-psycho-social health, while in treatment, regardless of demographics included in this study. The results of this research find that incorporating caring confrontation in the treatment process with involuntary chemically dependent clients is beneficial and practitioners should consider receiving training and supervision in the correct practice of this treatment modality.

Keywords

chemical dependency, caring confrontation, clinical social work, treatment for involuntary clients, correctional system

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