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An Assessment of Membership Benefits in the Al-Anon Program
Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly
  • Lee A. Keinz, Minnesota State University - Mankato
  • Cynthia Schwartz, Minnesota State University - Mankato
  • Bart Trench, Minnesota State University - Mankato
  • Daniel Houlihan, Minnesota State University - Mankato
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Although widely utilized as a source of treatment for family members of alcoholics, the Al-Anon program has not been studied regarding its effectiveness. This study attempted to empirically assess presumed benefits reported by 77 members of Al-Anon programs in Southern Minnesota. To test hypotheses regarding levels of self-esteem and marital adjustment, correlational statistics were used to compare length of membership to results from the Tennessee Self-concept Scale and Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test. Although significant relationships were found between both self-esteem and marital adjustment regarding increased length of membership, confounds and methodological difficulties reduced the impact of these findings.

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Keinz, L.A., Schwartz, C., Trench, B.M., & Houlihan, D. (1995). An Assessment of Membership Benefits in the Al-Anon Program. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 12(4), 31-38. doi. 10.1300/J020V12N04_03