Women leadership in Oxford House: examining their strengths and challenges.

Dickinson College, Department of Psychology, Carlisle, PA 17013-2896, USA.
Journal of Prevention & Intervention Community 02/2006; 31(1-2):133-43.
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ABSTRACT This study examined the perspectives and definition of leadership by women and mothers with children (n = 40) affiliated with Oxford Houses, a communal mutual-help recovery setting. Participants were asked questions relating to their experiences living in an Oxford House including the strengths and challenges encountered and how leadership impacted the stability in their house. Results illustrated the value of female leadership and highlighted the characteristics deemed important for women leaders in Oxford House, as well as some differences between these women's perception of leadership and the standard definition of leadership. The implications of the findings and how they may be useful to women's and mothers' with children houses are discussed.

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