The relationship between the quality of drug user treatment and program completion: Understanding the perceptions of women in a prison-based program

S. M. Strauss, G. P. Falkin

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To determine why some women offenders complete prison-based drug user treatment and others leave early, clients' (N = 101) perceptions of various aspects of the quality of the treatment experience were compared. Analyses of both quantitative and qualitative data indicate that clients who completed the program had a more favorable perception of staff and felt empowered by the experience in treatment. Most of the clients who left early did so because of conflicts or disagreements with the program's rules. We discuss how a supportive approach to personal development may enhance client perceptions of program quality and increase retention rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2127-2159
Number of pages33
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number12-14
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000



  • Drug user treatment
  • Empowerment
  • Program completion
  • Program quality
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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