Predicting changes in alexithymia of addicts from their spiritual intelligence

Narimani, Mohammad and Pouresmali, Asghar (2014) Predicting changes in alexithymia of addicts from their spiritual intelligence. Journal of Fundamentals of Mental Health, 16 (61). pp. 3-11.

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Introduction: The present study was conducted with the aim of predicting changes in alexithymia of addicts in Ardabil from their spiritual intelligence.   Materials and Methods: The research design is applied as far as the goal is concerned and correlational in terms of data collection. The study population consists of all males with drug abuse which in December 2011 referred to treatment center in Ardabil city, from among whom, using a cluster sampling procedure a sample of 100 men (80 opium dependents and 20 heroin dependents) were selected to participate in the study. All participants responded to the Toronto alexithymia Scale and Kingâ��s Spiritual intelligence Self Report Inventory. All data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Pearsonâ��s correlation coefficients, and simultaneous and step by step multiple regression analyses.  Results: Correlational analyses revealed that spiritual intelligence with three of its components (personal meaning production, transcendental awareness, conscious state expansion) was associated negatively (P<0.05) with alexithymia. As regards inferential statistics, simultaneous regression analysis indicated that spiritual intelligence predicted 18 of the scores in alexithymia (P<0.001). Step by step regression analysis revealed that of the four components of spiritual intelligence only two (conscious state expansion and personal meaning production) were able to predict alexithymia (P<0.001).  Conclusion: The findings of this study indicate that through the development of abilities of spiritual intelligence, emotion regulation can be partly facilitated and used as a defense against drug addiction. Furthermore, through the nurturance of such characteristics, addicted individuals can be helped to gain relief from their addiction. Â

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WM Psychiatry
Divisions: Journals > Journal of Fundamentals of Mental Health
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Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2017 16:53
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