Date of Award

5-1-2002

Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Field of Study

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department

School of Public Health

First Advisor

Claudia Coggin

Second Advisor

Antonio A. Rene

Abstract

Biggs, Quinn M., B.A., The Effects of Verbal, General, and Tailored Messages on Participation in a Psychiatric Chemical Dependency Aftercare Program. Masters of Public Health (Health Behavior), May 2002, 51 pp., 1 table, references, 25 titles. Chemical dependency is a major problem in the United States. Treatment programs are often short-term, relapse rates are high, and continued support is vital for sobriety. Aftercare programs provide continued support, but information encouraging attendance must be effective. Tailored vs. non-tailored health information has been found influential for behavioral change. This study determined the effectiveness of verbal, general, and tailored messages on participation in an aftercare program. Adult patients (N=193) of a psychiatric chemical dependency treatment program were recruited at the time of discharge. Follow up included phone survey and aftercare attendance records. Contrary to hypothesis, there were no significant differences in initial aftercare attendance, recall of aftercare information, or usefulness of information. However, tailored message recipients were significantly more likely to find aftercare interesting, and effect sizes indicated that tailored message recipients found aftercare more helpful and participants were more likely to return to aftercare.

Comments

Biggs, Quinn M., B.A., The Effects of Verbal, General, and Tailored Messages on Participation in a Psychiatric Chemical Dependency Aftercare Program. Masters of Public Health (Health Behavior), May 2002, 51 pp., 1 table, references, 25 titles. W 4.5 B592E 2002

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