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Clin Nurs Res. 2011 Nov;20(4):462-81. doi: 10.1177/1054773811415844. Epub 2011 Jul 19.

Therapeutic substance abuse treatment for incarcerated women.

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  • 1University of Missouri, Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia, MO 65211, USA.


The purpose of this qualitative systematic review was to explicate attributes of optimal therapeutic strategies for treating incarcerated women who have a history of substance abuse. An expansive search of electronic databases for qualitative research reports relating to substance abuse treatment for incarcerated women was conducted. Nine qualitative research reports comprised the sample for this review. Findings from these reports were extracted, placed into a data analysis matrix, coded, and categorized. Memos were written and strategies for treating incarcerated women with alcohol problems were identified. Therapeutic effects of treatment programs for incarcerated women with substance abuse problems appear to be enhanced when trust-based relationships are established, individualized and just care is provided, and treatment facilities are separate from the general prison environment.

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