Gang membership and subsequent engagement into a drug free therapeutic community

Michelle Widlitz, Helen Dermatis, Marc Galanter, Gregory Bunt

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The purpose of the present study was to assess the relationship of history of gang involvement to engagement in Therapeutic Community (TC) treatment. Residents (N = 222) at two Daytop facilities completed a survey assessing sociodemographic characteristics, prior gang involvement and multiple aspects of TC functioning. Residents with prior gang involvement (21%) were younger and less educated than those without prior gang involvement. Although gang involved residents were more likely to achieve a high work role status in the program they scored lower on multiple indicators of engagement in treatment including acceptance of Daytop philosophy and TC clinical progress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-40
Number of pages8
JournalSubstance Abuse
Issue number2
StatePublished - 19 Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Gang membership
  • Therapeutic community engagement


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