Insights into the effective management of support groups for Aboriginal Australian women with substance use disorders

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Co-Action Publishing
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Society, Health and Vulnerability, 2016, 7
Issue Date:
2016-07-04
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Aboriginal women with substance use disorders are a vulnerable population. This study examines approaches used to deliver support to Aboriginal women in an outpatient alcohol and other drug treatment service in Australia. A descriptive qualitative study was undertaken using structured interviews to explore staff and client perceptions of current and optimal processes for the management of an Aboriginal women’s group. The findings show that approaches to the management of the support group involved personal skills development and therapeutic strategies that were all grounded in the women’s social and cultural context. A framework is proposed for the management of support groups that may be transferrable to other culturally distinct and marginalised populations.
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