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NCJ Number: NCJ 240897     Find in a Library
Title: Gender Differences in Prison-Based Drug Treatment Participation
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:56  Issue:5  Dated:August 2012  Pages:790 to 810
Author(s): Steven Belenko ; Kimberly A. Houser
Date Published: 08/2012
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
United States of America
Grant Number: R01-021320
Document: HTML 
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the impact of gender on prison treatment participation and gender differences in the factors associated with clinical treatment participation.
Abstract: Prisons inmates have high rates of substance abuse and associated social and health problems, and a concomitant high need for drug treatment while incarcerated. Female inmates have an even greater treatment need, yet most inmates do not participate in treatment while incarcerated. Using data from a nationally representative sample of prison inmates, this article examines the impact of gender on prison treatment participation and gender differences in the factors associated with clinical treatment participation. Females were significantly more likely to participate in prison drug treatment than males, controlling for other factors. For both males and females, severity of drug problems predicted participation in treatment. For males but not females, race was associated with prison treatment participation, and among those with drug abuse or dependence, females with co-occurring mental health problems were more likely to participate in treatment. Implications for prison assessment and treatment policies, and future research, are discussed. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Inmate drug treatment
Index Term(s): Male offenders ; Female inmates ; Offender participation programs ; Offender participation in rehabilitation goals ; Gender issues
   
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