HomeQSU Research Journalvol. 10 no. 1 (2021)


Jennifer O. Serrano

Discipline: Social Science



The scarcity of intervention programs for women exposed to violence and various psychological problems due to husbands’ addiction has caused much concern among mental health professionals and researchers. Prior interventions for family members of addicts are retained to give main focus on the person with addiction only. In order to bridge this knowledge gap, this study developed an intervention program which is tagged as “ACHIEVED-Positive Cognitive Intervention Program on Psychological Distress and Well-being among Wives of Drug Surrenderers.” The intervention integrates the positive psychology perspective of mindfulness-based cognitive theory and the theory of well-being therapy. This study employed a mixed method research design: ‘exploratory sequential design’ and it was conducted in two phases: development of the Positive Cognitive Intervention (PCI) Program and implementation of the intervention program on psychological distress and well-being. The data of the research was collected from ten wives through semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions, and administration of the Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scale (DASS-21) and Ryff’s scales of Psychological Well-Being (RSPW). The data gathered was integrated and used to identify nine main themes in developing a therapeutic program for meeting their psychological needs and issues.


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