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Program characteristics and residents' length of stay in alcoholism halfway houses.

Authors
  • Martin, P Y
Type
Published Article
Journal
The International journal of the addictions
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1981
Volume
16
Issue
5
Pages
783–800
Identifiers
PMID: 7327765
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Data from 23 alcoholism halfway houses are analyzed to assess the relationship of organizational and programmatic variables to clients' average length of stay. Results indicate that programs which have more resources, a more complex administrative structure, better staffing, and stronger community ties report a shorter average length of stay than do those which lack these characteristics. The discussion focuses on differences in interpretation of a longer stay by an individual alcoholic versus a longer average stay by clients of a residential facility. Conclusions are that longitudinal research of a comparative nature is needed to identify the consequences of a longer versus shorter average stay for both long- and short-term residents of a given of facility.

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