Predicting the posttreatment depressive state of an alcoholic patient

C. W. Chris Heh, John E. Overall, Edward Kaufman

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Seventy-eight patients admitted to an alcohol treatment program were studied to identify variables capable of forecasting a patient's posttreatment depressive state. Factor analysis reduced a large number of items to 12 factors. Pearson correlations showed that Factor VII-Physical and Neurological Complaints and the pretreatment depressive state were both significantly (p =. 002) correlated to the posttreatment depressive state. Multiple regression yielded a significant equation (p =. 001) confirming that an alcoholic patient who has a high level of pretreatment depression and physical/neurological complaints, and who exhibits little or no irritability or agitation will tend to sustain a high level of posttreatment depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1263-1273
Number of pages11
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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