Meaning of Life as Perceived by Drug-Abusing People

Yuval Wolf, Sarah Katz, Israel Nachson

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Two different methodologies, Crumbaugh & Maholics's Purpose in Life Test and Andersons's Functional Measurement, were used to compare the way meaning of life is perceived by two groups of substance-abusing people: one group consisted of 10 people who successfully completed a six-month withdrawal program based on Frankls's Logotherapy; the other group included 15 people who dropped out at the beginning stages of the program. Most of the comparisons between these groups pointed to a more positive existential orientation (in logotherapeutic terms) among those who accomplished successful withdrawal than among the subjects who failed to complete the program. Therapeutic and methodological implications of this studys's approach to the measurement of the perceptions of substance-abusing people are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-137
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1995


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