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Effectiveness of the Cognitive Capacity Enhancement Program for Alcohol Dependence Inpatients


  • Department of Nursing, Ansan University, 155, Ansandaehak-ro, Sangrok-gu, Ansan-si - 15328, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
  • College of Nursing, Institute of Nursing Science, Ajou University, San 5, Woncheon-dong, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon - 443-721, Korea


Objectives: Alcoholism is a severe mental illness which is characterized high relapse rate and complication. This study was conducted to investigate effectiveness of the cognitive capacity enhancement program for alcoholism inpatients. Methods/Statistical Analysis: This study used quasi-experimental study design. Eligible participants were hospitalized patients diagnosed as alcohol dependence. A total of 60 participants were assigned to a 10-session Cognitive Capacity Enhancement Program (n=30) or control group (n=30). Final participant were 50. The outcome variables were insight, abstinence self-efficacy, and recovery. We used t-test and ANCOVA to test the effectiveness the program. Findings: There were no statistically differences in demographic variables and outcome variables except recovery between the two groups. The findings showed that the program was effective in increasing insight (t=-2.79, p=.006). But there were no significant difference between the two groups on abstinence self-efficacy and recovery. As a conclusion, the ‘Cognitive Capacity Enhancement Program’ was effective in improving insight for the alcoholics. Application: This study contributes to provide framework in developing the intervention for promoting the recovery among the alcoholism patient.


Alcoholics, Cognitive Capacity Enhancement Program, Recovery, Self-Efficacy

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