Substance use treatment outcomes in a sample of male serious juvenile offenders

Laurie Chassin, George Knight, Delfino Vargas-Chanes, Sandra Losoya, Diana Naranjo

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Abstract

This study examined drug-treatment-related reductions in alcohol and marijuana use, cigarette smoking, and nondrug offending among male adolescents who had been adjudicated of a serious (almost exclusively felony) offense. Results indicated that the "real-world" drug treatments that these adolescents experienced had significant effects on substance use, which could not be explained solely by incarceration in controlled environments. However, effects on cigarette smoking and criminal offending were found only for treatments that included family involvement. Results suggest that involving families in adolescents' treatment may be useful for promoting desistence from criminal offending in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-194
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

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Keywords

  • Juvenile offending
  • Substance use
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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