Therapeutic Alliance and the Prevention of Relapse in Collectivist Malay Family in Malaysia

Abstract

Being a drug addict makes one's alienation possible, even if one belongs to a strong interdependent family as it is in the collectivist community. Culturally, he has deviated from his family’s piously held values and norms. By capitalizing the therapeutic alliance (Rogers, 1957) which is a value that flourishes naturally in the Malay collectivist culture, in this study, researchers managed to form four multicultural family based intervention groups, comprised of four recovering addicts with thirty two members of their families with an ultimate goal of preventing relapse. Open orientation group is adopted to suit the unpredictable group member's attendence during the eight sessions and in four months period of treatment. Only one group managed to show consistent member's attendence throughout the treatment sessions. For the purpose of data collecting, researcher used 3 sets of inventories modified from Working Alliance Inventory (WAI: Tracy & Kokotovic version, 1989) called Establishing and Maintaining therapeutic alliance. The results from pre and post-test showed that there is readiness among the subjects to establish and to maintain therapeutic alliance. The follow up test, conducted 2 years after the last research group received treatment, showed that 3 out of 4 RAs successfully 'kicked the habit' and are living drug free lives.



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Zall Kepli Md Rejab, University Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Malaysia

Paper Information
Conference: ACP2013
Stream: Psychology

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