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ERIC Number: EJ958440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Counteracting "Not in My Backyard": The Positive Effects of Greater Occupancy within Mutual-Help Recovery Homes
Jason, Leonard A.; Groh, David R.; Durocher, Megan; Alvarez, Josefina; Aase, Darrin M.; Ferrari, Joseph R.
Journal of Community Psychology, v36 n7 p947-958 Sep 2008
Group homes sometimes face significant neighborhood opposition, and municipalities frequently use maximum occupancy laws to close down these homes. This study examined how the number of residents in Oxford House recovery homes impacted residents' outcomes. Larger homes (i.e., eight or more residents) may reduce the cost per person and offer more opportunities to exchange positive social support, thus, it was predicted that larger Oxford Houses would exhibit improved outcomes compared to smaller homes. Regression analyses using data from 643 residents from 154 U.S. Oxford Houses indicated that larger House size predicted less criminal and aggressive behavior; additionally, length of abstinence was a partial mediator in these relationships. These findings have been used in court cases to argue against closing down larger Oxford Houses. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States