Social problem-solving abilities and personality disorder characteristics among dual-diagnosed persons in substance abuse treatment. Academic Article uri icon


  • We examined the relation of self-appraised social problem-solving abilities and personality-disorder characteristics to the adjustment and compliance of persons with dual diagnoses in substance-abuse treatment. It was hypothesized that elements of the problem-orientation component would remain predictive of depressive behavior and distress after considering personality-disorder characteristics among 117 persons receiving inpatient-substance-abuse treatment. Furthermore, self-appraised problem-solving abilities were expected to predict the occurrence of "dirty" drug and alcohol screens during treatment and compliance with the first scheduled community follow-up visit. Results supported predictions concerning the relation of problem-solving confidence to depressive behavior, distress, and substance-use screens; however, a paradoxical relation was observed between the problem-orientation variables and compliance with the first outpatient visit. The results are interpreted within the context of contemporary models of social problem solving and the implications for cognitive-behavioral assessment and intervention are considered.

published proceedings

  • J Clin Psychol

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Herrick, S. M., & Elliott, T. R.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Herrick, SM||Elliott, TR

publication date

  • January 2001