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Because of the important role of halfway houses in the recovery of many alcoholic patients, patients' attitudes toward accepting placement in a halfway house were studied in a state hospital's alcohol rehabilitation program. Verbal intentions to accept or not to accept placement were measured at the beginning and again toward the end of the program sequence. Both assessments showed a strong correlation with the patients' actual behaviors. The relationships between intentions and ultimate choices were moderated both by the amount of time between observations and, independently of the passage of time, by the subjects' experience with or knowledge about halfway houses. Changes over the course of the program were mostly positive (favorable toward going and actually doing so). These shifts mainly involved the people who had been initially undecided about placement in a halfway house. Amount of time spent in the rehabilitation program was unrelated to patients' initial intentions toward going and had little bearing on their final decisions.
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Accepted: December 18, 1995
Received in revised form: November 7, 1995
Received: February 10, 1995
☆These studies were done when the author was at Connecticut Valley Hospital. He thanks Lisa Oransoff and Rena Epstein for assisting with data collection and Ellen Dornelas for reviewing an earlier version of the manuscript.
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