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Vol 5, No 4 (2008)
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Published online: 2008-12-16
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Comparison the level of hope and psychological wellbeing between Alcoholics Anonymous and students

Marcin Wnuk
Psychiatria 2008;5(4):134-143.

open access

Vol 5, No 4 (2008)
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Published online: 2008-12-16

Abstract

Introduction. The aim of this study was to examine whether students and Alcoholics Anonymous differ in psychological wellbeing and hope. Additional aim was to verify if there is the relationships between some aspects of involvement in Alcoholics Anonymous and hope, meaning of life as well as spirituality.
Material and methods. The sample consisted of 70 participants of Alcoholics Anonymous from Poznań and 53 students from Eugeniusz Piasecki University School of Physical Education in Poznań. The following tools were used: Daily Spiritual Experience Scale, Purpose in Life Test, Herth Hope Index, Beck Hopelessness Scale, Positive and Negative Affect Schedule, Cantrill Ladder, some items regarding involvement in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Results. Alcoholics Anonymous in comparison to students has lower level of positive affect and higher level of negative affect. There were no any differences between both groups in actual and expected satisfaction in life, level of hope and hopelessness Identifying with Alcoholics Anonymous was positively related to spiritual experiences and meaning of life. Noticed positive relationships between meaning of life and abstinence anniversary. Additionally spiritual experiences positively correlated with frequency of Anonymous Alcoholics attendance and frequency of being chairman during this kind meeting.
Conclusions. 1. Alcoholics Anonymous in comparison to students have higher level of negative affect and lower level of positive affect. 2. There were no differences between Alcoholics Anonymous and students in hope, life satisfaction and feeling of hopelessness. 3. Identifying with Alcoholics Anonymous is positively related to meaning of life and spirituality. 4. Frequency of attendance to Alcoholics Anonymous and frequency of being chairmen is correlated with frequency of spiritual experiences.

Abstract

Introduction. The aim of this study was to examine whether students and Alcoholics Anonymous differ in psychological wellbeing and hope. Additional aim was to verify if there is the relationships between some aspects of involvement in Alcoholics Anonymous and hope, meaning of life as well as spirituality.
Material and methods. The sample consisted of 70 participants of Alcoholics Anonymous from Poznań and 53 students from Eugeniusz Piasecki University School of Physical Education in Poznań. The following tools were used: Daily Spiritual Experience Scale, Purpose in Life Test, Herth Hope Index, Beck Hopelessness Scale, Positive and Negative Affect Schedule, Cantrill Ladder, some items regarding involvement in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Results. Alcoholics Anonymous in comparison to students has lower level of positive affect and higher level of negative affect. There were no any differences between both groups in actual and expected satisfaction in life, level of hope and hopelessness Identifying with Alcoholics Anonymous was positively related to spiritual experiences and meaning of life. Noticed positive relationships between meaning of life and abstinence anniversary. Additionally spiritual experiences positively correlated with frequency of Anonymous Alcoholics attendance and frequency of being chairman during this kind meeting.
Conclusions. 1. Alcoholics Anonymous in comparison to students have higher level of negative affect and lower level of positive affect. 2. There were no differences between Alcoholics Anonymous and students in hope, life satisfaction and feeling of hopelessness. 3. Identifying with Alcoholics Anonymous is positively related to meaning of life and spirituality. 4. Frequency of attendance to Alcoholics Anonymous and frequency of being chairmen is correlated with frequency of spiritual experiences.
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Keywords

Alcoholics Anonymous; psychological wellbeing; hope; meaning of life; spirituality

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Title

Comparison the level of hope and psychological wellbeing between Alcoholics Anonymous and students

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 5, No 4 (2008)

Article type

Research paper

Pages

134-143

Published online

2008-12-16

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2008;5(4):134-143.

Keywords

Alcoholics Anonymous
psychological wellbeing
hope
meaning of life
spirituality

Authors

Marcin Wnuk

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