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Examining human rights and mental health among women in drug abuse treatment centers in Afghanistan

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Examining human rights and mental health among women in drug abuse treatment centers in Afghanistan
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International Journal of Women's Health, July 2012
DOI 10.2147/ijwh.s28737
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Melissa Harris Abadi, Stephen R Shamblen, Knowlton Johnson, Kirsten Thompson, Linda Young, Matthew Courser, Jude Vanderhoff, Thom Browne

Abstract

Denial of human rights, gender disparities, and living in a war zone can be associated with severe depression and poor social functioning, especially for female drug abusers. This study of Afghan women in drug abuse treatment (DAT) centers assesses (a) the extent to which these women have experienced human rights violations and mental health problems prior to entering the DAT centers, and (b) whether there are specific risk factors for human rights violations among this population. A total of 176 in-person interviews were conducted with female patients admitted to three drug abuse treatment centers in Afghanistan in 2010. Nearly all women (91%) reported limitations with social functioning. Further, 41% of the women indicated they had suicide ideation and 27% of the women had attempted suicide at least once 30 days prior to entering the DAT centers due to feelings of sadness or hopelessness. Half of the women (50%) experienced at least one human rights violation in the past year prior to entering the DAT centers. Risk factors for human rights violations among this population include marital status, ethnicity, literacy, employment status, entering treatment based on one's own desire, limited social functioning, and suicide attempts. Conclusions stemming from the results are discussed.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 6 20%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 17%
Other 4 13%
Student > Bachelor 4 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 10%
Other 5 17%
Unknown 3 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 12 40%
Psychology 5 17%
Social Sciences 3 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 7%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 7%
Other 3 10%
Unknown 3 10%