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Oxford House Research Update 2016

Oxford House World Convention 2016

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Oxford House Research Update 2016

  1. 1. 2016 OH Research Update Christopher R. Beasley, PhD, MA Assistant Professor Washington College
  2. 2. • Current – Medication-assisted treatment – Transgender and non-transgender resident experiences – Women’s leadership in Oxford House • Future – Neighborhood real estate values Overview
  3. 3. • Maryland MAT Use & Acceptance • Data Collection – Visited each house • 23 houses • 89 residents – Survey via iPads • MAT use • MAT stigma • Data Analysis – Descriptive statistical analyses Medication-Assisted Treatment
  4. 4. • Results – About 4/5 think the recovery community has a positive attitudes toward MAT – Approximately 2/3 would consider voting in a resident that uses MAT – Nearly 15% currently using MAT • Less than a 1/4 disclose in their recovery meetings • About 1/3 felt out of place in recovery circles • All but one had told someone in OH Medication-Assisted Treatment
  5. 5. • Limitations – Maryland only – Low rates of participation • Future Directions – National survey of prevalence of MAT in OH • How attitudes toward MAT affect success • Success of people on MAT in OH Medication-Assisted Treatment
  6. 6. • Experiences of T-Girl & Cisgender OH residents • 2 Oxford Houses in Hawaii – Men’s houses – Known for t-girls living there • Mix of cisgender & transgender • Data Collection – Interviews • 7 cisgender & 7 transgender • Telephone • Data Analysis – Grounded Theory T-Girls
  7. 7. • Results – General Process • Lacking support, stability, & normalcy • Using to suppress negative feelings • Seeking stability & normalcy • Prioritization of sobriety • Emulation of housemates • Feelings of stability & normalcy • Familial connection w/ housemates • Reestablishing social support networks • Feeling positive about progress • Cisgender self-efficacy (confidence) T-Girls
  8. 8. • Results – Unique to t-girls • Stigma and shame • Acceptance • Female family roles – Auntie – Sister – Cooking & cleaning • Self-esteem instead of self-efficacy • Mentoring/helping t-girls T-Girls
  9. 9. • Limitations – Unique Hawaiian culture • Future Directions – Affirmation through family roles – Best setting for t-girls (male vs. female homes) T-Girls
  10. 10. • Process of Leadership in OH Women – Emily Stecker • Data Collection – In-Person Interviews – 10 Women in Seattle • Analysis – Grounded Theory Women’s Leadership
  11. 11. • Results – Initial lack of confidence – Initial unwillingness to volunteer – Housemates encouraged/pushed volunteering – Housemates helped get leadership positions & succeed – Confidence grew after leadership – Feelings of paying it forward by helping others like they were helped – Critical for sobriety, happiness, & self – House & chapter growth Women’s Leadership
  12. 12. • Limitations – Small sample – Limited to Seattle leaders • Future Directions – Quantitative study to • Confirm • Generalize Women’s Leadership
  13. 13. • Participatory Action Research – OH Research Advisory Board • Real Estate Values – Random selection of Oxford Houses – Gather 10 years of neighborhood real estate values – Select similar neighborhoods in same city/state – Gather 10 years of comparison real estate values – Compare trends for OH neighborhoods to comparison neighborhoods Future Research

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