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Attachment, fear of intimacy and differentiation of self among clients in substance disorder treatment facilities

Thorberg, Fred Arne & Lyvers, Michael (2006) Attachment, fear of intimacy and differentiation of self among clients in substance disorder treatment facilities. Addictive Behaviors, 31(4), pp. 732-737.

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Abstract

Attachment, fear of intimacy and differentiation of self were examined by means of self-report questionnaires in 158 volunteers, including 99 clients enrolled in addiction treatment programs. As expected, clients (who were undergoing treatment for alcoholism, heroin addiction, amphetamine/cocaine addiction or cannabis abuse) reported higher levels of insecure attachment and fear of intimacy, and lower levels of secure attachment and differentiation of self, compared to controls. Insecure attachment, high fear of intimacy and low self-differentiation appear to characterize clients enrolled in addiction treatment programs. Such characteristics may reflect a predisposition to substance problems, an effect of chronic substance problems, or conceivably both.

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ID Code: 43388
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Addiction, Alcoholism, Attachment
DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2005.05.050
ISSN: 0306-4603
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2005 Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 20 Jul 2011 10:35
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2011 10:35

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