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NCJ Number: 167277 Find in a Library
Title: Needs of Women With Substance Use Problems: An Expanded Vision for Treatment
Journal: Substance Use & Misuse  Volume:32  Issue:10  Dated:(August 1997)  Pages:1395-1404
Author(s): B E Ramlow; A L White; D D Watson; C G Leukefeld
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 10
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Although the number of females in drug treatment programs in the United States has increased over the past decade, women continue to be underrepresented.
Abstract: This suggests that prevalent treatment models tend to be male-oriented and may not provide appropriate strategies to meet women's needs. Drug use problems among women appear to be multidetermined phenomena in which genetics, family history, psychosocial issues, and other environmental factors play contributing roles. Working from a relational theoretical model of female psychosocial development, a continuum of expanded services addressing the entire context of women's lives is discussed. The authors conclude that effective treatment programs for women must address patterns of passivity, dependence, and victimization defining many women's existence and that female drug treatment clients should be empowered to collaborate in the development and implementation of their individualized treatment plans. 27 references
Main Term(s): Drug treatment
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Female sex roles; Females; Gender issues
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