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Date of Award

7-28-1992

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Maryka Biaggio, PhD

Abstract

This paper discusses the effectiveness of relapse prevention programs for addictive or self-destructive behaviors. Definitions of addiction, lapse, and relapse are given. A brief synopsis of the evolution of assumed causative factors and implications for the treatment of these behaviors are provided. The subsequent development of relapse prevention models is described. A critical literature review of current treatment methodologies for maintenance of addiction-free behavior is presented.

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