Factors associated with a high level of functioning in cocaine users
AuthorReid, Charlles Robert
AdvisorSales, Amos P.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study used qualitative methods to investigate factors associated with a high level of functioning in people who use cocaine. Ten subjects, seven women and three men, were interviewed. Each subject was referred to the study by a person who thought the subject functioned at a high level. The subjects also completed the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) (McLellan et al., 1992) assessment and evaluation instrument. The factors identified by the subjects were similar to those found by Ditton et al. (1991), that is, people who use cocaine can be middle class, with all the social and economic problems of the general population and also share the same values as the general population. However this study expanded on the findings of Ditton et al. and added the area of awareness of drawbacks of cocaine use. Factors that the subjects associated with a high level of functioning were identified. The use of non-captive populations to study cocaine use was explored. Implications of the study and recommendations for future research in this field are presented.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Special Education and Rehabilitation