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Fals-Stewart Earns Hazelden's 2007 Dan Anderson Research Award
Date:12/21/2007

id not participate in the individual-based treatment and partners in the psychoeducational attention control treatment group attended 12 lectures but were not active participants in therapy. All the female alcoholic subjects attended 20 Twelve Step facilitation sessions by themselves.

At one-year follow-up, female patients who received behavioral couples therapy reported significantly fewer days of drinking and higher rates of relationship satisfaction than patients in the other two groups. What's more, the BCT group reported fewer days of partner violence, in terms of both male- to-female and female-to-male physical aggression.

"We've known that whenever you involve family members in alcoholism treatment, we get better outcomes," said Fals-Stewart. "But the majority of research has been done on male alcoholics and nonsubstance-abusing wives or partners. It's pretty common for women to stay with substance-abusing men. But it's much more common for men to leave relationships with alcoholic women. Because women report that relationship issues are enormously important to them, it makes good sense to study the effects of couples therapy on female alcoholics. There's been a gaping hole in research on alcoholic women. Our study helps fill this void."

Fals-Stewart's study is the first to focus exclusively on the efficacy of behavioral couples therapy for alcoholic women, and it's the first to show greater reductions in partner violence among alcoholic women who received behavior couples therapy compared with other treatments. The latter is especially significant, because substance-abusing women are four times more likely to suffer domestic violence than nonsubstance-abusing women, he said.

"Our selection panel was particularly impressed with Fals-Stewart's study of behavioral couples therapy for women specifically," said Valerie Slaymaker, Ph.D., director of the Butler Center for Research. "His work draws needed attention not only to the treatme
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