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J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2005 Oct-Dec;18(4):161-70.

Admission variables as predictors of completion in an adolescent residential drug treatment program.

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Samuel Merritt College, School of Nursing, 3100 Summit Street, 3rd floor, Oakland, CA 94609, USA. cvourakis@samuelmerritt.edu

Abstract

PROBLEM:

Understanding of the pretreatment characteristics of drug-dependent adolescents to better match clients to treatment models that serve their needs for successful recovery.

METHODS:

A random sample of (N = 91) clients records were selected for this outcomes pilot. Chi-square analysis examined differences between groups and multivariate logistic regression analysis determined which variables best predicted completion status.

FINDINGS:

Several admission variables were associated with noncompletion and included: fire setting, sex for drugs, or addicted parents. Variables associated with completion included: first time admission to treatment or referral to treatment by peer.

CONCLUSIONS:

Findings suggest that adolescents admitted to treatment with preexisting major depression might have unique treatment needs. Peer education treatment referral systems may be viable ways to encourage adolescents with drug-dependency problems to seek treatment.

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