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Hyun, Woo, and Kim: Insight, Self-esteem, and Coping Skills among Patients with Alcohol Addiction



This study was conducted to investigate the related factors of insight, self-esteem, and coping skills and the relationships among them in patients with alcohol addiction.


The participants enrolled in this study were 106 patients from two alcohol treatment hospitals in Gyeonggi Province. Data were collected from May, 12 to 20, 2010 using self-report questionnaires. The instruments were the Hanil Alcohol Insight Scale, Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale, and the Ways of Coping Checklist. Data were analyzed using the SPSS-Win 12.0 program.


Among the participants, 24.5% had poor insight, 45.3% fair insight, and 30.2% good insight. Insights of participants who had experienced withdrawal symptoms (t=-3.79, p<.001) and of those not living with family (t=-2.07, p=.041) were higher than those who had not experienced the symptoms and who were not living with family. Self-esteem of participants living with family (F=3.60, p<.001) and of those with better academic backgrounds (F=3.39, p=.021) were higher than those of the other groups. Also, self-esteem showed a positive relation with active coping (r=.34, p<.001).


The results of the present study suggest that mental health practitioners need to focus on insight and self-esteem enhancement, coping skill development when treating patients with alcohol addiction.

Figures and Tables

Table 1
General and Disease related Characteristics (N=106)

Missing cases are excluded.

Table 2
Descriptive Data of Major Variables (N=106)
Table 3
Difference Analysis of Major Variables by General Characteristics of Participants (N=106)

Scheffé test.

Table 4
Correlations among Insight, Self-esteem, and Coping (N=106)


This research was supported by Ajou University Medical Center (No. 3-2010-003-0).


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