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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


Little data is available concerning the lifetime developmental aspects of women's chemical dependence and recovery. A review of literature on women's chemical dependence is presented. The research project involved the exploration of 40 recovering chemically dependent women's lives and emphasized developmental factors. Aspects of childhood experiences, genetic influences, processes of movement toward sobriety, life changes in sobriety, and supports for sobriety are discussed. Loevinger's test of ego development (Washington University Sentence Completion Test of Ego Development) was administered. Ego development in recovery was correlated with developmental and recovery variables.