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J Consult Clin Psychol. 2005 Aug;73(4):749-55.

Practice makes progress? Homework assignments and outcome in treatment of cocaine dependence.

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Division of Substance Abuse, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 006516, USA. kathleen.carroll@yale.edu

Abstract

The relationship between treatment outcome and the extent to which participants completed homework assignments was evaluated among 60 cocaine-dependent individuals assigned to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Homework was assigned in 72% of all sessions and initiated by participants in 48% of the sessions in which it was assigned. Completion of homework was unrelated to participants' baseline characteristics and several indicators of treatment compliance. Participants who completed more homework assignments demonstrated significantly greater increases in the quantity and quality of their coping skills and used significantly less cocaine during treatment and through a 1-year follow-up. These data suggest that the extent to which participants are willing to complete extrasession assignments may be an important mediator of response to CBT.

PMID:
16173864
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PMC2365906
DOI:
10.1037/0022-006X.73.4.749
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