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635 p. + Typescript of p. 280-452.
Psychology, Clinical.
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 47-02, Section: B, page: 0780.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Duquesne University, 1986.
Results include a description of becoming-addicted-to-heroin via constituents arising from the analysis of five subjects' responses to an initial question which asked them to describe the changes they experienced in their lives as they became addicted to heroin; the beginnings of a differentiation of heroin addiction from other addictions; therapeutic implications based on a dialogue of research findings with the tradition and on new directions pointed to by the portrait of constituents.
This study researches becoming-addicted-to-heroin with an approach and methodology alternate to that of the tradition in order that the limitations of the latter might be addressed and a new understanding of the phenomenon offered. Need for such a study was established on the following grounds: (1) the tradition itself noted the area of addiction as not fully circumscribed; (2) the client-population of active heroin addicts steadily grows in this country each year; (3) the community, as well as the addict-population, suffers from the lack of effective treatment modules. The phenomenon is approached phenomenologically such that (1) the phases of addiction are studied separately in order that constituents corelative to or derivative from an addictive life style can be separated from constituents integral to becoming an addict; (2) the definition of addiction arises from rather than precedes the research by virtue of the study's use of the self-determined addict as subject; (3) the uniqueness of heroin addiction is highlighted inasmuch as the study addresses addiction contextually, rather than a priori equating all addictions.
Department of Psychology
School code: 0067.
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