Alexithymia, emotional dysregulation, and recovery from alcoholism: therapeutic response to assessment of mood
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Alexithymia, emotional dysregulation, and recovery from alcoholism
Abstract: 

This study is a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial that tested the effects of a gratitude intervention on well-being in a sample of individuals in outpatient treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD). Follow-up qualitative interviews unexpectedly revealed that participants found the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) to be helpful to their recovery in the ways that it asked them to identify and rate their emotions. Participant statements were purposively sampled and analyzed using grounded theory methods to produce a conceptual framework illustrating the process of mood identification and its sequelae. Evidence of existing alexithymia and emotional dysregulation, dominance of negative mood, and increasing ability to identify, accept, and regulate mood as part of recovery was found. Findings suggest that emotion regulation is a compelling topic for those in recovery from AUD, and may deserve a more prominent role in treatment.

Author(s): 
Krentzman, Amy R.
Higgins, Margaret M.
Staller, Karen M.
Klatt, Emily S.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Qualitative Health Research
Journal Abbreviation: 
Qual Health Res
Publication Date: 
2015-06
Publication Year: 
2015
Pages: 
794-805
Volume: 
25
Issue: 
6
ISSN: 
1049-7323
DOI: 
10.1177/1049732315577608
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 25810468 PMCID: PMC4425592

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Amy R. Krentzman, Margaret M. Higgins, Karen M. Staller and Emily S. Klatt. 2015-06. "Alexithymia, emotional dysregulation, and recovery from alcoholism: therapeutic response to assessment of mood." Qualitative Health Research 25: 6: 794-805. 10.1177/1049732315577608.

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