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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2010 Jul;19(3):547-62. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2010.03.007.

Contingency management approaches for adolescent substance use disorders.

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  • 1Center for Addiction Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 West Markham Street #843, Little Rock, AR 72205, USA.


The addition of contingency management (CM) to the menu of effective treatments for adolescent substance abuse has generated excitement in the research and treatment communities. CM interventions are based on extensive basic science and clinical research evidence demonstrating that drug use is sensitive to systematically applied consequences. This article provides (a) a review of basic CM principles, (b) implementation guidelines, (c) a review of the clinical CM research targeting adolescent substance abuse, and (d) a discussion of implementation successes and challenges. Although the research base for CM with adolescents is in its infancy, there are multiple reasons for high expectations.

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