The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4091.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - Board 6

Abstract #41590

Race targeting and race mix as factors affecting retention and outcomes in long term residential substance abuse treatment for women

Kenneth Burgdorf, PhD1, Xiaowu Chen, MD1, and Jim Herrell, PhD, MPH2. (1) Caliber Associates, 10530 Rosehaven Street, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22030, 703-385-3200,, (2) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), SAMHSA, CSAT, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockwall II, Ste. 640, Rockville, MD 20857

This analysis examines retention and outcome findings from a longitudinal study of 1768 subjects admitted into 32 projects that provided long-term (6- to 12-month) residential substance abuse treatment for pregnant and parenting women. These projects received 5-6 years of funding support in the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s 1993-95 Residential Women and Children (RWC) and Pregnant and Postpartum Women (PPW) Programs. The projects were diverse in many ways, including the extent to which they targeted or served women from particular race/ethnicity groups. This analysis will examine the extent to which client retention and post-treatment outcomes were associated with race targeting and/or race mix, overall and after controlling for other client and project characteristics. Preliminary findings suggest that, for each of the three principal minority groups represented in this study (African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans), neither length of stay in treatment nor success in remaining drug-free after treatment were associated with race targeting or race mix. Clients from a particular minority group tended to do as well in projects that did not target their group as in ones that stressed ‘culturally-appropriate’ programming. Similarly, minority clients in projects where their group constituted a small percentage of the clientele did as well as clients in projects where the clientele was mostly from their group.

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Keywords: Drug Abuse Treatment, Ethnic Minorities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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Outreach and Treatment Services for Women Poster Session

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA