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Is the Community as method approach gender sensitive?: Client and treatment characteristics in European Therapeutic Communities. Results of the BIOMED II (IPTRP) project.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
2006 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 15, no 2, 150-161 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The BIOMED II project, ‘Improving Psychiatric Treatment in Residential Programmes for Newly Dependent Groups through Relapse Prevention’, provided a large database of characteristics of men and women in European therapeutic communities (TCs). One of the aims of the project was to improve the treatment of ‘emerging dependency groups’ through better assessment. Although American TC research has shown that there are important differences between men and women that should be taken into account when organising treatment, the BIOMED project failed to report on gender differences. This article tries to fill this gap by presenting an overview of the gender differences in the TC clients and lists the characteristics of the participating European TCs. The two overviews are given for each country separately. Descriptive methods were used. The authors discuss whether the TC programme considers the differences between men and women and whether the ‘community as method’ approach is gender sensitive.

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2006. Vol. 15, no 2, 150-161 p.
Keyword [en]
client characteristics; gender sensitivity; substance abuse; therapeutic community; treatment characteristics
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Social Work
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-60489DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2006.00374.xOAI: diva2:435270
Available from: 2011-08-17 Created: 2011-08-17Bibliographically approved

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