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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2006 Apr;15(2):517-37, xi.

Providing effective substance abuse treatment for young-offender populations: what works!

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Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada. cdowden@rogers.com

Abstract

Previous research has documented a strong linkage between substance abuse and criminal activity among young offenders. Consequently, the provision of effective substance-abuse interventions for this population is of paramount importance to the criminal justice system. This article explores the literature on the treatment of substance abuse in offender and nonoffender populations. It reviews three major areas: pretreatment variables (eg, gender and psychopathology), in-treatment variables (eg, program targets, program setting, client-treatment matching), and posttreatment variables (eg, aftercare). The article concludes with a list of empirically derived guidelines for the effective development and implementation of substance-abuse treatment programs for adolescents.

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16527669
DOI:
10.1016/j.chc.2005.12.002
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