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Title: Illegal Drug Use Among Women in Detention
Author(s): B A Miller
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 185
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 77-NI-99-0042
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigates illegal drug use and crime among women in detention, focusing on the characteristics of women offenders who use drugs, the interrelationships between crime and drugs, and the motivational patterns for illegal drug use.
Abstract: It tested a sample of 124 women in the Philadelphia House of Corrections in 1976-77 through semistructured interviews and analyses of their institutional records and arrest data. Comparisons between two groups of women (those who report little or no drug use and those who report extensive drug use) showed those in the high-drug group were more likely to be younger, have negative self-perceptions, have a family history of drug or alcohol abuse, and report juvenile delinquency activity. Four types of motivational patterns for entry into drug use emerged: 'making it easier' is a way to cope with stresses; 'feeling the high' emphasizes physical effects; 'part of the scene' is based on peer pressures; and 'tie that binds' derives from the desire to maintain a relationship. Findings indicated that 'feeling the high' was the most prevalent initiation pattern and was most associated with family histories of alcohol or drug abuse and with current patterns of drinking, vandalism, and prostitution. The results pertaining to motivational patterns are considered only exploratory and their relations as causes, magnifiers, or consequences of the drug abuse and crime patterns cannot be established within the present study. Data tables, approximately 150 references, and the interview format are included. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug abuse causes; Female offenders; Individual behavior; Offender profiles
Note: State University of New York at Albany - doctoral dissertation.
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