Perceptions of neighborhood social environment and drug dependence among incarcerated women and men: a cross-sectional analysis

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dc.contributor.author Rogers, Jessica D
dc.contributor.author Ramaswamy, Megha
dc.contributor.author Cheng, Chin-I
dc.contributor.author Richter, Kimber
dc.contributor.author Kelly, Patricia J
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-16T12:38:43Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-16T12:38:43Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-10
dc.identifier http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1747-597X-7-39
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2271/1345
dc.description.abstract Abstract Background Perception of neighborhood social environment can influence an individual’s susceptibility to drug dependence. However, this has never been examined with a jailed sample, where frequent transitions between local jails and disadvantaged neighborhoods are common. Understanding these associations could aid in the design of targeted programs to decrease drug dependence and recidivism among the incarcerated. Methods For this study, 596 women and men from three Kansas City jails were surveyed over the course of six months in 2010. Drug dependence was assessed with DSM-IV criteria. Independent variables included fear of one’s neighborhood, perceived level of neighborhood violence, and social capital. All data were self-reported and were analyzed using logistic regression. Results Controlling for gender and age, fear of neighborhood violence was associated with increased odds of having drug dependence (OR = 1.27, CI 1.02, 1.58) and a higher level of social capital prior to incarceration was associated with lower odds of drug dependence (OR = 0.65, CI 0.44, 0.96). Mental health problem diagnosis and past year intimate partner violence were significant mediating factors. Gender and race/ethnicity were significant moderating factors between neighborhood disadvantage and drug dependence. Conclusions Our study suggests that drug dependence programs for women and men who cycle between jails and communities require both individual- and community-level interventions. To be most effective, programs at the community-level should focus on helping specific groups navigate their communities, as well as address individual health needs associated with drug dependence.
dc.title Perceptions of neighborhood social environment and drug dependence among incarcerated women and men: a cross-sectional analysis
dc.type Journal Article
dc.date.updated 2012-12-06T06:40:44Z
dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
dc.language.rfc3066 en
dc.rights.holder Jessica D Rogers et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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