The effectiveness of female-sensitive substance abuse treatment

Document Type



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Social Welfare

First Advisor's Name

Miriam Potocky

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Tony Tripodi

Third Advisor's Name

Karen Sowers-Hoag

Fourth Advisor's Name

Virginia McCoy

Fifth Advisor's Name

Wilma Greenfield

Sixth Advisor's Name

Scott Briar

Date of Defense



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.



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