The role of women's therapy groups in the treatment of chemical dependence

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1995 Jul;65(3):355-63. doi: 10.1037/h0079657.


The distinctive needs of chemically dependent women are contrasted with those of men and discussed in relationship to traditional mixed-gender therapy groups. A qualitative study of the contrasting experiences of women in mixed-gender and women-only treatment groups confirmed the hypothesis that their treatment needs are better met in the latter, and that these groups are an essential component of programs treating chemically dependent women.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Dominance-Subordination
  • Female
  • Gender Identity*
  • Group Processes
  • Group Structure
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Personality Assessment
  • Psychotherapy, Group*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / rehabilitation*