Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The effects of extraversion introversion (E-I), locus of control (LC), and attitudes towards a "Power greater than ourselves" (PGO) on number of relapse episodes, number of times in treatment, and length of sobriety were explored. Volunteers from local Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) groups (n=72) and two inpatient treatment centers (n=52) completed the Eysenck Personality Inventory, the Rotter Locus of Control measure, a questionnaire designed by the author to assess attitudes concerning the concept adopted by A.A. of a PGO, and a brief self report survey. Results of the multiple regression analyses exploring the effects of E-I, LC, and PGO indicated the 3 factors accounted for: 17.69% of the variance in number of relapses, with a significant (12<.0001) PGO effect; 5.01% of the variance in number of times in treatment, with (j<.08) and LC (E<.11) trends when PGO was removed; and 0.67% of the variance in length of sobriety.
BF1 .M63 v. 1 no. 2 1993
Goodearle, Harold L. and Hester, Colleen
"Personality factors related to sobriety for participants in Alcoholics Anonymous,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 1:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol1/iss2/4