Exploration of the relationship between frequency of illness, attrition from alcohol treatment, neuropsychological status and field dependence

Donald A. Calsyn, Douglas K. Roszell, R. Dale Walker, Michael R. O'Leary

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One hundred thirty-nine male veterans receiving treatment for alcoholism were administered the Cornell Medical Index (CMI), neuropsychological tests comprising the Brain Age Quotient (BAQ) and the Group Embedded Figures Test (GEFT). Patients endorsing items on scale J (frequency of illness) of the CMI comprised a frequently ill group (27%) with the remaining patients comprising an infrequently ill group (73%). The frequently ill group patients were more likely to drop out of treatment, obtain lower BAQ scores and appear more field-dependent on the GEFT. Treatment attrition of frequently ill patients might be less if their individualized treatment plan involved greater structure consistent with their field dependent orientation and impaired neuropsychological status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-369
Number of pages7
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1983



  • Alcoholism
  • Illness frequency
  • Neuropsychology
  • Treatment attrition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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