Date of Award

5-1-2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

School of Social Work

First Advisor

Hattie Mitchell

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to increase awareness of the possible gender biases in treatment center programs for men and women alcohol abusers. Men and women do not experience alcoholism in the same way. The study was based on the premise that Traditional Mixed Sex (TMS) alcohol treatment centers do not accomplish for women what they do for men, which may translate into poorer prognosis for recovery in women. An exploratory study utilized a non-probability convenience sample of 34 women from two types of treatment centers to measure gender biases in treatment center programs. Frequency distribution and sample t-test were used to analyze the data. The researcher found that there are gender issues in the treatment programs, which resulted in differences in outcomes in terms of length of sobriety from alcohol. The conclusions drawn from the findings suggests that the 7-value - 6.021 and P value .010 was less than P .05, the null hypothesis was rejected, and the alternative hypothesis was embraced. This indicated a correlation between women (n=13) in Specialty Women’s Sex (SWS) and the women (n=21) in the TMS Treatment Centers.

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