ANNOUNCEMENT OF DOCTORAL PRELIM EXAMINATION for Mary Lee Ann Roberts, PhD

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 10:00 AM

  • Spokane: SNRS 203
  • Vancouver AMS: VLIB 210B
  • TC AMS: TFLO 256

 

RELATIONSHIPS AND RECOVERY: FEMALE ADOLESCENTS IN SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT

Dissertation Chair: Mel Haberman, PhD, RN, FAAN

More than 20,000 female adolescents across the United States enter substance use treatment each year. For many of these young females, their relationships and social connections with friends, family, and people in their communities have been, and continue to be, a major influence on their attitudes and beliefs about drugs and alcohol. All teenagers, and particularly female adolescents, are especially vulnerable to a multitude of risks associated with substance use including overdose, sexually transmitted diseases, impaired cognitive functioning, sexual assault, and suicide. To promote a future of health and well-being for female adolescents in substance use treatment, it is imperative to examine the ways relational influences impact these young females’ pathway to recovery from substance use disorder.

Guided by a relational-cultural theoretical framework, the purpose of this qualitative descriptive study is to describe how female adolescents in substance use treatment experience and perceive their relationships with friends, family, and treatment professionals and peers influencing their recovery from substance use disorder. A purposeful sample of 12-15 female adolescent participants in substance use treatment will be asked to take part in a one-on-one, semi-structured interview concerning their relationships, social connections, and recovery. Audio-recorded interview data will be transcribed and thematically analyzed for emerging patterns, themes, and exemplars, resulting in a final descriptive statement regarding the influence of relationships on the recovery of female adolescents in substance use treatment. Findings from this study may inform nurses and other healthcare professionals of a range of relational factors that can be targeted for treatment interventions designed to initiate and reinforce recovery in female adolescents treated for substance use disorder. Given what is known about the risks and consequences of drugs and alcohol for young females, evidence suggests that the influence of relationships on recovery can potentially be a matter of life and death for female adolescents in substance use treatment.