Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Dr. Melvin Williams


This study examined the impact of sustained sobriety on the female alcoholic's gender behaviors and perceptions of self. It is based on the premise that sustained abstinence from alcohol will result in the acquisition of situation appropriate cognitive and behavioral processes that support recovery and strengthen coping skills. A comparison group posttest-only research design was employed to organize and analyze data from fifty-eight alcoholics in Atlanta, Georgia. The Bem Sex-Role Inventory was used to gather information and classify the sample's gender identities. The study's findings suggest that women entering recovery are unable to clearly identify with and pattern their actions to conform with personal and social expectations. As the time in recovery increases, the woman's sense of self, ability to think and act independently are enhanced.

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