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Title: Ethnic and Gender Differences in Drug Users' Perceived Need for Treatment
Author(s): D Longshore; S-C Hsieh; M D Anglin
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90024
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 88-IJ-CX-K005; 89-IJ-CX-R007; 89-IJ-R-007; 90-IJ-CX-0044; K02 DA00146
Sale Source: University of California, Los Angeles
Drug Abuse Research Group
Neuropsychiatric Institute
Los Angeles, CA 90024
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper identifies demographic differences in perceived need for treatment among a sample of 1,170 drug-using arrestees interviewed in the city and county jails of Los Angeles.
Abstract: Data were obtained between April 1988 and January 1990. Arrestees were asked about perceived need for treatment, self-reported drug dependence, drug-related legal problems, attitudes toward professional care and treatment for drug use, and heroin use. Perceived need for treatment was positively related to the following predisposing factors: self-reported drug dependence, attitude toward treatment for drug use, and occurrence of drug-related problems other than dependence. Self-reported drug dependence was higher among women and accounted for the greater perceived need reported by women. Hispanics were less likely to perceive a need for treatment. Among daily drug users, both Hispanics and African Americans were less likely to indicate a need for treatment. These ethnic differences were not explained by self-reported drug dependence or any other predisposing factor. Implications of the findings for treatment referral, intake, and counseling are discussed. 34 references, 5 notes, and 6 tables (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug dependence; Drug treatment
Index Term(s): California; Drug abuse; Ethnic groups; Heroin; Male female offender comparisons
Note: To be published in the International Journal of the Addictions (1992)
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