Date of Award
Master of Arts
Jessie B. Harris Jr.
The relationship between the length of sobriety in the twelve step program of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and self-esteem level was examined for 27 recovering alcoholics. Participants included L3 male and 14 female members of AA who volunteered to complete the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory and a cover/survey letter that contained demographic questions. Where it was predicted that there would be no relationship between length of sobriety and self-esteem level, it was found that there was a positive relationship between the two for the total group and the female group. That is, where length of time sober in AA increased, the alcoholic's self-esteem also increased. However, the prediction of no relationship was found to be true for the male group.
Astel, Judy A., "A Study of the Relationship Between Alcoholism and Self-Esteem" (1995). Theses. 165.
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