Project Details


In the inner cities, many women of lower socioeconomic status, primarily
minority women, are the victims of domestic violence and crime, and/or
are the perpetrators of violence upon their own children. Depression,
cocaine abuse and their comorbidity are diagnostic factors highly
associated with involvements in both domains of interpersonal violence.In
order to develop prevention strategies and target treatment approaches
for women at highest risk for violence, empirical investigations must
clarify the relationships between the diagnoses of depression and
cocaine abuse, and the other critical factors associated with violent
behaviors. Such associated factors include childhood histories of
physical and sexual abuse, and current psychosocial functioning (e.g.,
individual coping strategies, gender-role identity, family
communication, and social support). The proposed study will compare and contrast four groups of low income,
inner- city women: dually diagnosed depressed cocaine abusers, cocaine-
abusing women with no history of depression, depressed women with no
history of any substance abuse, and women with no history of either
depressive or substance abuse disorders. Two main research strategies
will be applied to all subject groups; first, a retrospective,
multidimensional descriptive approach, and then a prospective, intensive
and longitudinal approach.
Effective start/end date9/15/948/31/99


  • National Institutes of Health: $78,297.00
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health: $102,934.00
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health: $100,962.00


  • Medicine(all)

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