Publication Date

2007

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Counselor Education

Abstract

The study presented used empirical phenomenological methods to gain insight into the experiences of chemical dependence and mental illness among men and women with co-occurring disorders. The literature review discussed issues concerning: gender with the self-construal, traditional gender norms, and gender as a factor in the co-occurring disorder population. The results of this study include the following themes: catalysts for change, positive and negative self-concept, substance use as a means of self-medication, and therapeutic factors. Implications for the counseling profession, and implications for further research were discussed.

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