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Title: PSYCHOSOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF DRUG-ABUSING WOMEN
Author(s): M R BURT; T J GLYNN; B J SOWDER
Corporate Author: Burt Associates, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 88
Sponsoring Agency: Burt Associates, Inc
Bethesda, MD 20014
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Rockville, MD 20857
Contract Number: 271-76-4401
Publication Number: ADM 80-917
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT IS BASED ON A STRUCTURED EFFORT TO IDENTIFY, COLLECT, AND ASSESS ALL OF THE AVAILABLE DATA SOURCES ON FEMALE DRUG USE PATTERNS, DEMOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS AS REFLECTED IN NATIONAL AND LOCAL DRUG TREATMENT DATA SYSTEMS, TREATMENT AND NONTREATMENT STUDIES, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DESCRIPTIONS FROM PUBLISHED AND UNPUBLISHED LITERATURE.
Abstract: DATA ON BOTH FEMALE AND MALE DRUG ABUSERS WERE EXAMINED TO DETERMINE IF THERE ARE SEX-SPECIFIC DRUG USE PATTERNS, DEMOGRAPHIC VARIABLES, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS. RESULTS OF THE HOUSEHOLD SURVEYS, CONDUCTED IN 1975-76, INDICATE THAT FOR ADULTS (AGE 18 OR OLDER) NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES WERE FOUND BETWEEN MALES AND FEMALES REGARDING CURRENT ILLICIT DRUG USE, EXCEPT FOR MARIJUANA WHICH MALES USED TO A GREATER EXTENT THAN FEMALES. MALES' USE OF ALL ILLICIT DRUGS IS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN THAT OF FEMALES, WHO REPORT GREATER NONMEDICAL USE OF PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC DRUGS THAN MALES. FOR YOUTHS AGED 12 TO 17, FEMALES REPORT SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER USE THAN MALES OF INHALANTS, MARIJUANA, AND HASHISH. FURTHERMORE, DRUG ABUSE WARNING NETWORK DATA REPORT THAT A SUBSTANTIAL PROPORTION OF THE DRUG PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED BY WOMEN ARE CAUSED BY THE MEDICAL USE OF PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC DRUGS, PARTICULARLY BARBITURATES AND AMPHETAMINES. TREATMENT DATA INDICATE THAT FEMALES ENTERING TREATMENT ARE LESS LIKELY THAN MALES TO BE USING HEROIN, METHADONE, ALCOHOL, OR COCAINE AND MORE LIKELY TO BE ABUSING PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC DRUGS. ALSO, FEMALE CLIENTS, AS OPPOSED TO THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS, ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE BLACK, PUERTO RICAN, OR MEXICAN AMERICAN; LESS LIKELY TO BE EMPLOYED; AND LESS LIKELY TO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED. BASED ON THE DATA, IT APPEARS THAT LONG-TERM, OPIATE-ORIENTED TREATMENT PROGRAMS MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR A LARGE SEGMENT OF THE FEMALE DRUG-ABUSING POPULATION. MORE WOMEN WOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAMS IF THE SERVICES OFFERED WERE MODIFIED TO MEET THEIR NEEDS. SUGGESTIONS FOR PLANNING THE TREATMENT OF DRUG-ABUSING WOMEN ARE OUTLINED. CHAPTER NOTES, 25 DATA TABLES, 1 FIGURE, AND OVER 100 REFERENCES ARE SUPPLIED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Controlled Substances; Drug abuse; Drug dependence; Drug offenders; Drug research; Drug treatment; Female offenders; Offender profiles; Psychological research
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