Gender, mental health, and treatment motivation in a drug court setting

J. Matthew Webster, Paul J. Rosen, Jennifer Krietemeyer, Allison Mateyoke-Scrivner, Michele Staton-Tindall, Carl Leukefeld

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The current study examined differences in motivation for drug treatment in a sample of 500 (327 males and 173 females) drug court participants. It was hypothesized that females would report higher levels of treatment motivation, as indicated by measures of problem recognition and desire for help, and that this difference would be moderated by mental health. After controlling for selected factors related to treatment motivation, females were found to have higher levels of problem recognition and desire for help. A signi ficant gender x mental health interaction was also found, suggesting that females with more mental health problems have the highest levels of desire for help.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-448
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Psychoactive Drugs
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Drug court
  • Gender
  • Mental health
  • Treatment motivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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