Therapeutic components and differential treatment outcomes among clients of Israeli services for substance abusers

Miriam Schiff*, Katalin Katz

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Abstract

Objective: This study is the first in a comprehensive examination of therapeutic components and outcome of interventions in a public, nonresidential service for drug addicts in Jerusalem (SHALEM). Method: Data were gathered from 153 clients (35 women, 128 men; 35 Arabs, 118 Jews; median age = 39) using clinical data mining. Results: Men who had been child victims of physical abuse (60%) showed less progress in treatment than men reporting no abuse. Arabs showed greater improvement in reducing violent acts. Only four therapeutic components were significant predictors of a client's treatment outcomes. Conclusion: Processing of trauma history must become a major therapeutic component, and differential treatment plans for women and men and different ethnic groups should be developed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)19-29
Number of pages11
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2007

Keywords

  • Arab and Jewish clients
  • Childhood abuse
  • Clinical data mining
  • Gender differences
  • Israel
  • Services for drug addicts
  • Therapeutic components
  • Treatment outcomes

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