A Descriptive and Comparative Analysis of Self Perceptions and Attitudes of Heroin Addicted Women

  • Mary Ellen Colten


In 1974, NIDA funded several demonstration programs to provide services for heroin addicted women and to gather information on the utility of special approaches to treatment for female substance abusers. A year later, the Women’s Drug Research Group was given a mandate to collect data on the psychosocial characteristics of women addicts. We went about this in several ways. The data I’m going to present here today comes from structured intensive interviews with 146 women in mixed sex treatment programs in Los Angeles, Miami, and Detroit, and from interviews with 202 men from similar programs. Additionally, we interviewed 175 non-addicted women from the inner city of Detroit for comparison purposes.


Psychosocial Characteristic Great Anxiety Great Depressive Symptom Applied Psychological Measurement Heighten Anxiety 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Ellen Colten
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  1. 1.Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganUSA

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