Psychology Night Research Posters and Presentations

Faculty Sponsor, if applicable

Joseph Ferrari

Project Abstract

Services for homeless men and women are provided by government and private sectors to meet employment, food, and shelter needs.We assessed a non-profit agency offering spiritual weekend retreats to homeless adults in recovery from substance abuse (n = 86). All participants in the present study participated in a weekend spiritual retreat targeted for homeless adults with substance abuse histories. Each retreat includes 12 participants and 4 facilitators, and all retreats occurred in the Chicago area. Each retreat is non-denominational in focus (hence, the term spiritual instead of religious retreat), but it includes aspects of 12-step programs and a focus of one’s relationship to a Higher Power. Data were collected at baseline (start of the retreat), the end of the retreat, and then at a 1-month follow-up reunion. Specifically, we explored how participants have dealt with addiction and possibly recovery, experience self-reported levels of self-worth and loneliness compared to those who do not suffer from substance abuse.

Type of Research

Undergraduate Student - Independent Study


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Presentation Year

May 2017