Program closure: The impact on participants in a program for female prostitutes

C. Aaron McNeece, Elizabeth Mayfield Arnold

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This study examines the impact of program closure on participants in a case management program for female prostitutes. Methods: Former program participants were surveyed about their experiences since participating in the program. Particular emphasis was paid to criminal behavior, substance abuse, and mental health problems. Results: Of those participants located (N = 52), the majority were incarcerated, but a smaller number were no longer abusing substances and were employed. An analysis of the relationship between incarceration status and recidivism revealed statistically significant differences on variables related to treatment completion. Conclusions: Overall, the program appeared to have an impact on participants' lives and behaviors, regardless of their prior life experiences. After the program closed, the great majority of former clients were either prostituting and using drugs or incarcerated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-175
Number of pages17
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)


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