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Axelson, John A., 1929-

Degree Name

M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Leadership and Educational Policy Studies


Alcoholism counselors--Illinois--Psychology; Drinking of alcoholic beverages--Illinois--Psychological aspects


The present study investigated the extent to which expectations of positive reinforcement from alcohol consumption are present in alcohol treatment personnel according to the schema proposed by S.A. Brown, M.S. Goldman, A. Inn, and L.R. Anderson in 1980. These investigators proposed that cognitive effects, termed expectancies, are salient factors as individuals drink. Specifically, alcohol was expected to: 1) transform experiences in a positive way; 2) enhance social and physical pleasure; 3) enhance sexual performance; 4) increase power and aggression; 5) increase social assertiveness; and 6) reduce tension. The present investigation hypothesized that these expectancies would similarly be present in State of Illinois certified alcohol counselors (N=45). Results failed to support the Brown et al. hypothesis (p>.Q5). Additionally, it was hypothesized that self-report of drinking pattern would be positively correlated with beliefs concerning alcohol consumption. Here, results supported the Brown et al. hypothesis (p<.05). Implications for treatment applications and suggestions for future research are made.


Bibliography: pages 33-36.


v, 64 pages




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