Dr. Davis is currently at the Department of Psychology, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa. Dr. Olson is currently at the Foley Center for the Study of Lives, Northwestern University, Evanston, ILL. Dr. Ferrari is currently at the Department of Psychology, DePaul University, Chicago, ILL.
Friends, Family, and Alcohol Abuse: An Examination of General and Alcohol-Specific Social Support
Article first published online: 18 FEB 2010
2007 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
The American Journal on Addictions
Volume 16, Issue 1, pages 49–55, January-February 2007
How to Cite
Groh, D. R., Jason, L. A., Davis, M. I., Olson, B. D. and Ferrari, J. R. (2007), Friends, Family, and Alcohol Abuse: An Examination of General and Alcohol-Specific Social Support. The American Journal on Addictions, 16: 49–55. doi: 10.1080/10550490601080084
Portions of this paper were taken from the unpublished Master's Thesis of the first author.
- Issue published online: 18 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 18 FEB 2010
- Received December 12, 2005; revised January 10, 2006; accepted January 30, 2006.
Social support may be considered from several different dimensions. While general social support promotes well-being, specific social support is tied to particular functions, such as alcohol use. Not only may the form of social support vary, but also the source (ie, friends vs. family). This study investigated the impact of general and specific support for alcohol use from family versus friends on alcohol use among 897 U.S. residents of abstinent communal-living settings (Oxford Houses). Results indicated that general support from friends and length of stay in Oxford House significantly predicted less alcohol use. Implications for alcohol recovery are discussed.