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NCJ Number: 200814 Find in a Library
Title: Comparison of Substance Abuse Among Female Offender Subtypes
Journal: Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law  Volume:30  Issue:4  Dated:2002  Pages:513-519
Author(s): Julia A. Phillips Ph.D.; Sara Jo Nixon Ph.D.; Betty Pfefferbaum M.D.
Editor(s): Ezra E. H. Griffith M.D.
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 7
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study attempted to clarify the relationship between patterns of substance abuse and types of serious criminal offending committed by women.
Abstract: In an attempt to aid in the clarification of the relationship between substance abuse and female criminal offending, substance use histories of female offender subtypes were compared. Study participants consisted of 152 women recruited from the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in Oklahoma City, OK, between July 1994 and December 1995. The study hypothesized that offense subtypes would have different substance use histories. It was expected that most women incarcerated for violent crimes would report histories of alcohol or cocaine misuse or combined alcohol and cocaine misuse. The study results were consistent with previous findings that female inmates have extensive substance misuse histories. The majority from this study sample reported alcohol and drug misuse and reported a substance use problem. Violent offenders reported drinking more alcohol than other offender groups and most frequently reported marijuana as the drug of choice. The data suggest that violent offender subtypes may be associated with substance use patterns. In conclusion, the data provide evidence of the heterogeneity of substance use among female prison inmates and suggest that offender sub-groups have different substance use histories and therefore may have different treatment needs. References
Main Term(s): Female offenders
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug use; Female inmates; Oklahoma; Violence; Violence causes; Violent females; Violent offenders; Violent women
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