SEXUAL MINORITY WOMEN FACE UNIQUE CHALLENGES
A growing body of research suggests that lesbian, bisexual, and queer (sexual minority) women may be at heightened risk for alcohol-related problems. Few individuals who need substance use treatment receive it, and sexual minorities must contend with a host of additional personal, interpersonal, organizational, and societal barriers that may limit access to and affect the quality of needed services.
WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO ADDRESS THESE DISPARITIES
Collaborating with Dr. Karen Trocki and researchers who are conducting one of the largest studies of alcohol use among sexual minority women to-date, we are conducting in-depth interviews with a subsample of women in that study to gather information about their thoughts on and experiences with substance use treatment and recovery support services. We will also be conducting focus groups with sexual minority women in community-based settings and interviews with directors from a random sample of ten substance abuse treatment facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area that provide services to women and offer special programs or groups to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients.
YOU MAY BE ABLE TO HELP
If you recently participated in Dr. Trocki’s study and indicated that you wanted to know about opportunities to participate in other research studies, or if you are a director at a substance abuse treatment facility in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may be contacted by Dr. Amy Mericle (Principal Investigator) or Dr. Rebecca de Guzman from the Alcohol Research Group at the Public Health Institute about participation in this study. Participation involves completing an additional 30-60 minute open-ended and confidential interview. If you saw a flyer about participating in a 60-90 minute focus group in the Bay Area and want to learn more about it, you are welcome to contact us.