Title page for ETD etd-11092003-101731

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author DeMarce, Josephine Marie
Author's Email Address jdemarce@vt.edu
URN etd-11092003-101731
Title Psychological Distress and Marijuana Use Before and After Treatment: Testing Cognitive-Behavioral Hypotheses
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Stephens, Robert S. Committee Chair
Clum, George A. Jr. Committee Member
Cooper, Lee D. Committee Member
  • Marijuana Treatment
  • Psychological Distress
  • Self-Efficacy
Date of Defense 2003-10-30
Availability unrestricted
Adult marijuana users seeking treatment (N = 291) were randomly assigned to 3 treatment conditions: 1) a cognitive-behavioral relapse prevention support group (RPSG), 2) individualized assessment and advice group, and 3) delayed treatment control group. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between psychological distress, self-efficacy, and marijuana use. Measures of marijuana use, psychological distress, situational self-efficacy, coping self-efficacy, temptation to use, and frequency of encountering situations were used. Only a portion of the hypotheses were supported. Psychologically distressed individuals had lower self-efficacy for psychologically distressing (PD) situations as opposed to non-psychologically distressing (NPD) situations. Participants had lower self-efficacy for NPD situations than PD situations. The RPSG condition did not have the hypothesized effect on self-efficacy for PD situations.
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