The effectiveness of female-sensitive substance abuse treatment

Karen C. F Dodge, Florida International University


This research investigated whether female-sensitive treatment was more effective than a traditional mixed-gender modal. The study participants were evaluated for levels of depression, self-esteem, social support, and presence and severity of addiction. Analyses were conducted to see which demographic, treatment, and service variables were associated with treatment survival rates. It was found that the chemical dependent treatments evaluated all produced equally ineffective results. The women surveyed did have significantly high levels of depression and presence and severity of addiction, yet moderate levels of self-esteem and social support. A mixed-gender chemical dependency model which provided mental health services focusing on depression was recommended. Ancillary services which provided self-esteem building and social support was also suggested.

Subject Area

Social work|Public health|Mental health

Recommended Citation

Dodge, Karen C. F, "The effectiveness of female-sensitive substance abuse treatment" (1997). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI9732465.