Characteristics of treatment completers versus treatment noncompleters in a targeted capacity expansion and HIV/AIDS education program for adolescents with substance use disorders

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This study examines and presents outcome analyses of characteristics of treatment completers versus treatment noncompleters in a Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE) and HIV/AIDS Education Program for adolescents with substance use disorders, using a two-group nonrandomized design. The treatment completion rate was 47%, exceeding the national average of 40% for outpatient clients. These results suggest the importance of utilizing comprehensive assessments, providing linkages to assertive continuing care, and developing curricula to meet cultural, developmental, and gender-specific needs of adolescent clients. The TCE and HIV/AIDS Education Program appears to be an effective program for reducing and eliminating substance abuse among adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-74
Number of pages11
JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • Frequent completion
  • HIV/AIDS education program
  • adolescent
  • substance use disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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