Master's Theses


Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of the researcher was to investigate the following postulates: 1) Extreme scores for drinking related locus of control are associated with ego defensiveness, and 2) Relapse is associated with extreme scores for drinking related locus of control. The subjects were 44 persons undergoing inpatient treatment for alcoholism. Independent variables were drinking relapse and drinking related locus of control. The dependent variables were ego defensiveness and drinking related locus of control. Two instruments were used: The Drinking Related Locus of Control Scale and Life Style Index. A status survey design was employed. Four null hypotheses were tested. One of the eight main effects, two of the eight two-way interactions and t-values for two of the eight correlation coefficients tested were statistically significant at the .05 level. Results of this study appeared to support the following generalizations: 1) Subjects who we r e in treatment for alcoholism more than one time had a significantly higher mean use of displacement as an ego defense mechanism than subjects in treatment for the first time. 2) Repeated treatment for alcoholism has an effect upon the use of ego defense mechanisms. There was a substantial difference in the use of regression and compensation as ego defense mechanisms in externally controlled alcoholics between subjects in their first treatment for alcoholism and t hose in treatment for more than one time. 3) Subjects with extreme drinking related locus of control scale utilize the ego defense mechanism of intellectualization less frequently and the defense mechanism of displacement more frequently.


Bill Daley

Date of Award

Spring 1988

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1988 Wynona Hawthorne Murray


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