Friday, December 21, 2012

Gender Specific Treatment Reduces Recidivism by 67%

Here's the abstract from a new study that used random assignment in prison (a nearly impossible task in itself) and found that trauma-informed, gender-specific care served female inmates better. Not very surprising but the authors are to be commended for their methodological rigor. Even more impressive, though was a whopping 67% reduction in reincarceration within 12 months after parole. Wow!

Read more about it here.


 A randomized experimental study of gender-responsive substance abuse treatment for women in prison

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, 1640 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90025, USA
Received 1 July 2009; received in revised form 26 August 2009; accepted 20 September 2009. published online 16 December 2009.


This experimental pilot study compared postrelease outcomes for 115 women who participated in prison-based substance abuse treatment. Women were randomized to a gender-responsive treatment (GRT) program using manualized curricula (Helping Women Recover and Beyond Trauma) or a standard prison-based therapeutic community. Data were collected from the participants at prison program entry and 6 and 12 months after release. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were conducted. Results indicate that both groups improved in psychological well-being; however, GRT participants had greater reductions in drug use, were more likely to remain in residential aftercare longer (2.6 vs. 1.8 months, p < .05), and were less likely to have been reincarcerated within 12 months after parole (31% vs. 45%, respectively; a 67% reduction in odds for the experimental group, p < .05). Findings show the beneficial effects of treatment components oriented toward women's needs and support the integration of GRT in prison programs for women.

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