Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1982

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Psychology

Abstract

The influence of therapeutic relationship variables in behavioral interventions, and specifically in the treatment of chronic smoking behavior, have not been systematically investigated. The present study attempted to assess the influence of one relationship variable, group cohesion, on the behavioral treatment packages of smoking, satiation and nicotine fading. Group cohesion was manipulated by incorporating several structured interventions (contracting, modeling, and behavioral practice of self-disclosure and feedback) into half of the smoking treatment groups. The treatment groups receiving the structured interventions showed a significantly higher level of group cohesion than the groups that did not experience them. The cohesion interventions had no differential impact on type of smoking treatment (aversive vs. nonaversive). Subjects in the structured cohesion intervention groups evidenced initially greater abstinence rates and higher percentage reductions from baseline smoking than did subjects in the nonintervention groups. These differences were maintained at a significant level over a three month follow-up period.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-7951

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Bruce Dennis Etringer

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI8307745

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

172 pages

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