12-step program participation and effectiveness: Do gender and ethnic differences exist?
In order to assist you with research and notes for your paper, I offer you some ideas, notes, and research from both sides of the topic.
First of all, you might look at the side that suggests that gender differences do not exist within twelve step programs in terms of recovery effectiveness and willingness to participate. One study by from The Journal of Drug Issues in Tallahassee's Summer 2001 edition suggests equity in terms of treatment. This study utilizes data from the Los Angeles Target Cites Evaluation Project and assessed participants in adult outpatient alcohol and drug treatment (http://web.utk.edu/~dap/SA2003/AAGenderEthnic.html). As a result, the patients were tracked for 24 months and encompassed all gender and ethnic groups (http://web.utk.edu/~dap/SA2003/AAGenderEthnic.html). This study is highly important because it contradicts reports and stereotypes that "12-Step is more appropriate for European-- American males, statistical analyses reveals that women and ethnic minorities are equally likely to attend 12-Step programs, and to recover in conjunction with such participation as European-American males" (http://web.utk.edu/~dap/SA2003/AAGenderEthnic.html).
As you look at the results of this study, please note that the findings do not reveal gender discrepancies. To illustrate, the study ...
12-step demographics are evaluated informally.