Retention of Adolescents Participating in Outpatient Drug/Alcohol Treatment

Michael S. Gordon, Friends Research Institute, Inc.
Timothy W. Kinlock, Friends Research Institute, Inc.
Robert J. Battjes, Friends Research Institute, Inc.

The following study will examine retention rates, drug use, and criminal activity of adolescents attending outpatient drug/alcohol treatment in five facilities in Baltimore County. The study will utilize Rosenberg's Self-Esteem scale, and numerous predictor variables (e.g., referral source, criminal activity, arrests, age, gender, etc.) in assessing factors associated with treatment compliance. Subjects of different referral sources will be compared on retention rates overall as well as substance use and crime at six-month follow-up. Future analyses will address retention rates, criminal activity, and drug use over longer time intervals.

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Updated 05/20/2006