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Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2008;34(5):594-602. doi: 10.1080/00952990802304980.

High psychiatric symptom severity is a moderator of substance abuse treatment outcomes among women in single vs. mixed gender group treatment.

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  • 1Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts 02478, USA. sgreenfield@mclean.harvard.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This exploratory study examined psychiatric symptom severity as a moderator of outcomes among women receiving either the Women's Recovery Group (WRG), a new manualized group treatment for substance use disorders combining single-gender group composition and women-focused content, or Group Drug Counseling (GDC), an empirically supported mixed-gender group treatment.

METHODS:

We used a mixed model analysis of variance.

RESULTS:

We found a significant 3-way interaction effect of treatment condition, time, and baseline Brief Symptom Inventory scores as well as Beck Depression Inventory scores.

CONCLUSION:

Single-gender group treatment may confer added benefit for women with substance abuse and high psychiatric symptom severity than mixed-gender treatment.

PMID:
18821452
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PMCID:
PMC2917826
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