Bridging Disciplinary Boundaries (January 11 - 14, 2007)

Friday, January 12, 2007: 10:00 AM-11:45 AM
Seacliff B (Hyatt Regency San Francisco)
Evaluating Treatments for Adolescent Substance Abuse
Organizer:James A. Hall, PhD, University of Iowa
Discussant:Peter J. Delany, PhD, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Comparing Family and Group Treatments for Adolescent Substance Abuse: Findings at 6-Months Following Intake
James A. Hall, PhD, Aaron Willis, MSW
Impact of Treatment with Rural Adolescent Substance Abusers
Julie K. Williams, LMSW, Scott D. Easton, MSW
Potential Bias in Longitudinal Research on Adolescent Drug Treatment
Margaret Cretzmeyer, PhD, Julie K. Williams, LMSW
Comfort with On-Line Counseling among Adolescents in Drug Treatment
Douglas C. Smith, PhD, Amanda Reedy, MSW
Efficacy of Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment for Violent and Non-Violent Adolescent Substance Abusers
Bushra Sabri, MSW, Douglas C. Smith, PhD
Abstract Text:
Treatment of adolescent substance abuse is an important public health problem which has major implications and involvement from social workers. Project Iowa SCY (Strengthening Communities for Youth) was funded by SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to expand and enhance adolescent drug treatment in an area of eastern Iowa that includes both urban and rural locations. As part of this project, a comprehensive assessment center was developed within an adolescent medicine center. In addition, adolescents could receive drug treatment at this same location and if other services were needed, staff could refer the adolescent to both health and social services. Although the community asked for family treatment for these adolescents, only group treatment had been provided. In a longitudinal study, adolescents were randomly assigned to either Strengths-Oriented Family Therapy (SOFT) or the Seven Challenges (SC) group approach, and followed for one year.

The purpose of this symposium is to present the results of our longitudinal study using data from the 3 and 6 month follow-up sessions and to address other issues relevant to this project.

In the first presentation, results from the comparison of SOFT and SC are presented using 3 and 6-month follow-up data.

In the second presentation, the impact of treatment is evaluated for adolescents who lived in rural areas.

For the third presentation, potential sources of bias in longitudinal research are identified and evaluated.

Fourth, the comfort and actual use of on-line internet health and social services among adolescents in treatment are evaluated.

And finally, the relationship of violence and substance abuse is explored.

Each presentation includes implications of their results for social work policy and practice.

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