Traumatic Life Events and Stressors: Associations With Substance Use Problems of Men Under Community Supervision

Alexandra S. Wimberly, Roderick Rose, Kimberly Levin, Dawn Goddard-Eckrich, Louisa Gilbert, Elwin Wu, Anindita Dasgupta, Timothy Hunt, Brandy F. Henry, Nabila El-Bassel

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This study aims to determine associations between sources of stress and substance use problems among men under community supervision programs. We used ordinary least squares regression models to test the hypotheses that the traumatic life events and stressors of men under community supervision and their partners, respectively, were associated with the substance use problems of men under community supervision. The sample included 230 men involved in community supervision programs in New York City and 230 women who were their intimate partners. We found that the traumatic events and the depression and anxiety of men under community supervision and partner's substance use problems were associated with the substance use problems of the men. These findings underscore the importance of addressing trauma in substance use treatment for men under community supervision. Future research can explore how stressful events impact substance use, sources of coping for couples, and the association between racism, traumatic events, stress, and substance use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-197
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Correctional Health Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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