ERIC Number: ED205860
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Women and Drug Abuse Treatment: Needs and Services. Services Research Monograph Series.
Beschner, George; Thompson, Peggy
During the 1970s, several activities were initiated in response to concern about the quality of treatment services available to drug-abusing women. A comparison of services needed by women with services actually available to women found that special treatment services for drug-abusing women were needed in the areas of medical treatment, counseling, employment, and child-care services. Nationwide female-oriented drug programs were identified, and staff members from 21 drug-free and 4 methadone maintenance programs completed questionnaires about demographics, drug use, and treatment services available for women in treatment during a 3-month period. Results indicated that the majority of the 547 female drug abusers received basic drug treatment services, i.e., routine medical examinations and drug counseling. About half received psychological and family counseling; one-third received skills assessments and educational counseling. However, large percentages had not received such essential services as opthalmological and gynecological examinations, birth control counseling, and dental care. Most received no vocational counseling or job and educational placement services. Few programs served the children of female clients. Significant differences were found in the delivery of services according to program type. (NRB)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Counseling Services, Day Care, Delivery Systems, Drug Abuse, Drug Rehabilitation, Educational Counseling, Females, Human Services, Individual Needs, Medical Services, Needs Assessment, Rehabilitation Programs
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD. Div. of Resource Development.