College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Spring 6-12-2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Leonard A. Jason, PhD

Second Advisor

LaVome Robinson, PhD

Third Advisor

Yan Li, PhD


Assets/resources are core for positive community health outcomes and wellbeing. Assets availability, accessibility and perception by members that these resources are actually available and accessible determines community members' behavior around health choices. People with substance abuse require many types of resources that expected to cumulatively help recovery from the treatment start, through recovery into sober lifestyle. This study investigated the presence of assets at individual, social network and community level that Substance abuse problems can and able to easily access for their treatment and recovery, depending on present setting; professional Usual Care and Self-help settings. The findings indicate that there are no major differences in the group experiences of most resources. The One meaningful group difference is in the experience of Important person's network social support. The participants in usual care receive more support by fact of being in usual-care compared to the other two' professional, and self-help settings. The study also revealed that general social support from important persons predict behavior perceived control. The study didn'ts indicate perceived control as a main effect of indirect effect/moderator factor. Therefore, for a better understanding of the role of psychosocial resources, more controlled studies are proposed as future direction for people with Substance abuse in Kenya, and Africa in general.

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