Substance use criminality, and social support: An exploratory analysis with incarcerated women

Michele Staton-Tindall, David Royse, Carl Leukfeld

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This exploratory study examined the extent to which substance use and criminality influence perceptions of social support. A stratified random sample of 100 incarcerated women in one Kentucky prison participated in face-to-face interviews. Overall, findings indicate that perceptions of social support significantly and negatively correlated with women's severity of substance use and criminal involvement. In addition, the breadth of a respondent's social network was negatively related to the age of first incarceration and to the severity of alcohol and drug use. Findings from this study suggest there is a relationship between severity of substance use, criminality, and perceptions of social support. Implications for substance use research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-243
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project was conducted as a component of a study funded by NIDA (R01–11309, Leukefeld, PI). A list of inmates was obtained from the administrative office. Potential participants (N = 160) were sent recruitment letters to attend study information sessions at the prison. Among the potential participants, 60 inmates did not respond to the study recruitment letter (examples of reasons included being transferred from the institution, in segregation at the time of the interview, and not being interested in participating). Face-to-face interviews were completed in the

Funding Information:
This project was sponsored by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (RO1-11309, Leukefeld, P1).


  • Criminality
  • Female offenders
  • Social support
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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