Date of Award

7-1-1994

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Gale Horton

Abstract

This study has the purpose of measuring three variables which were hypothesized to be related to the subjective experience of auditory hallucinations in African American, alcohol dependent clients. The sample for this study consisted of thirty—one African American individuals (twenty males and eleven females) who were selected from 150 African Americans based on homogeneity on prescreen admission logs. The logs were obtained from the records of a metropolitan Atlanta crisis intervention service. Each case of the sample was previously diagnosed with the alcohol dependent syndrome. An instrument consisting of sixteen questions was employed and utilized to check off the answers provided by archival records (progress notes). The scores from the list were analyzed to determine the percentages and correlations of all hypotheses. The findings of the study demonstrated that there were statistically significant relationships in regards to the percentages in all three hypothesized variables. The dependent variable, auditory hallucination, did not show statistically significant correlations with the independent variables, namely auditory hallucinations, in alcohol dependent African Americans; marital status in the incidence of alcoholic auditory hallucination and employment status in the occurrence of auditory hallucinations. The pattern of percentages showed that the relationship was in the predicted direction; however, the pattern of correlations were not as anticipated.

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