Correlates of recent drug use among victimized women on probation and parole

Seana Golder, Martin T. Hall, Malitta Engstrom, George E. Higgins, T. K. Logan

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Guided by the Comprehensive Health Seeking and Coping Paradigm (CHSCP; Nyamathi, 1989), the present research sought to examine associations between victimization, psychological distress, lawbreaking and recent drug use (past 12 months) among 406 victimized women on probation and parole. Bivariate differences between women who reported recent drug use and those who did not report recent use were compared across the 4 domains of the CHSCP (sociodemographic characteristics, personal resources, lifetime victimization, dynamic crime and drug factors). Variables significantly related to recent drug use at the bivariate level were retained in the multivariate analysis. The final multivariate model, using stepwise logistic regression via backward elimination, retained five candidate variables indicating women who recently used drugs, were younger, were not sexually victimized as children, began using drugs before they were 13 years of age, were on probation, and had engaged in more recent lawbreaking. The final model accounted for approximately 30% of the variance in drug use over the past 12 months. Implications for intervention and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1105-1116
Number of pages12
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014

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  • Drug use
  • Parole
  • Probation
  • Psychological distress
  • Victimization
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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