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Gender Differences in Seven-Year Alcohol and Drug Treatment Outcomes among Older Adults
Article first published online: 19 APR 2010
2007 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
The American Journal on Addictions
Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 216–221, May-June 2007
How to Cite
Satre, D. D., Blow, F. C., Chi, F. W. and Weisner, C. (2007), Gender Differences in Seven-Year Alcohol and Drug Treatment Outcomes among Older Adults. The American Journal on Addictions, 16: 216–221. doi: 10.1080/10550490701375673
- Issue published online: 19 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 19 APR 2010
- Received 17 July 2006 Revised August 25, 2006; accepted September 21, 2006
This study examined participants at seven-year follow-up to assess long-term outcomes of older women (n = 25) and men (n = 59) ages 55 and over in an outpatient addiction program. It measured demographic characteristics, alcohol and drug use, psychiatric symptoms, Addiction Severity Index, treatment length, and outcomes. At seven years, 76.0% of women reported abstinence in the prior 30 days versus 54.2% of men, p = .05. Logistic regression analysis found that longer treatment stay predicted abstinence. Findings indicate that older women have better long-term addiction outcome than older men, but treatment length is more significant than gender in predicting outcome.