Personal social networks of women with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders

Elizabeth M. Tracy, Pamela J. Johnson

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There has been relatively little examination of the social network resources of women with substance use disorder, and even fewer explorations of women with co-occurring mental disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder. This study explores the nature of co-occurring mental disorders, social network characteristics and perceived social support in 136 women with substance use disorders. Respondents reported small personal networks that contained both supportive and non-supportive people. Relatives did provide social support, but those who used alcohol/drugs were viewed as tending to interact negatively. Women with dual disorders perceived less concrete, emotional, and sobriety support from some network relationships than the women with substance use disorders only. Implications for research and practice are presented. doi:10.1300/J160v07n01_05

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-90
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 12 2007


  • Social networks
  • dual disorders
  • social support
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation


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