AuthorRenner, Bobbi Jean, 1953-
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study was a 4-year longitudinal evaluation of a therapeutic community for drug addicted women. Pre-treatment variables of interest included 3 major indices of resources that served as predictors of women's response to treatment. Psychological measures and a willingness for treatment comprised the personal resources index. Early family environment factors and current family relationship measures comprised the family resources index. The third index, social resources, included social support networks and social adaptation measures, including pre-treatment length of drug use, criminal involvement, employment, and level of education. In-treatment variables included 4 psychological status instruments, a social support network interview, and a treatment environment scale. All in-treatment repeated measures were administered at baseline, 3, 6, 12, and 24 months. Outcome variables included retention and post-treatment measures of the 3 resource indices. Follow-up interviews were administered at 6, 12, and 24 months after termination of treatment. Pre-treatment psychological scores predicted their respective outcome variable scores. Pre-treatment scores on family relationship variables did not predict post-treatment scores. Pre-treatment measures of social support failed to predict follow-up involvement in social networks. However, prior years of drug use, legal involvement, and level of education predicted post-treatment abstinence, pursuit of continuing education, and involvement in aftercare. Discussion addresses the problems inherent in field research.
Degree ProgramGraduate College