Alcoholics Anonymous and church involvement as predictors of sobriety among three ethnic treatment populations
This study examines the impact of spirituality and religiousness, and involvement in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) on sobriety among three ethnic groups, African Americans, Caucasians, and Hispanics.
Participants (African Americans: n = 253; Hispanics: n = 60, and Caucasians: n = 538) completed survey questionnaires upon entry into public, private, and health maintenance treatment programs.
Results indicated that among the three groups, African Americans, who described themselves as more religious, were less likely to substitute church attendance for participation in Alcoholics Anonymous.
African Americans reporting high AA attendance at the end of one year, in addition to church attendance, were more likely to report sobriety over the past 30 days than were those African Americans reporting only high church attendance.
Among Caucasians and Hispanics, participants reporting primarily high AA attendance were more likely to report past 30 day sobriety.
Research report; Roland, E.J.; Kaskutas, L.A. Alcoholics anonymous and church involvement as predictors of sobriety among three ethnic treatment populations. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 20(1):61-77, 2002.