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NCJ Number: 229500 Find in a Library
Title: In-Depth Survey of the Screening and Assessment Practices of Highly Regarded Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
Journal: Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse  Volume:19  Issue:1  Dated:January-March 2010  Pages:33-47
Author(s): Jeremy Gans; Mathea Falco; Bruce R. Schackman; Ken C. Winters
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Princeton, NJ 08543
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the quality of screening and assessment practices at some of the most highly regarded adolescent substance use treatment programs in the United States.
Abstract: Although adolescent substance abuse treatment programs recognized the importance of screening and assessment, the quality of such practices varied significantly. A large number of different tools were used by some of the most highly regarded programs in the country, and many used questionnaires developed in-house that may not have had high standards of reliability and validity. Furthermore, numerous programs were using assessment instruments that were not uniquely designed for adolescents. Encouraging the adoption of standardized assessment practices would help those involved in treatment to evaluate programs and to understand the assessment process. Between March and September 2005, telephone surveys were administered to directors of highly regarded programs. Several different publications and databases were then used to measure the quality of the screening and assessment instruments described by programs. For the 120 programs responding, 77 distinctly named instruments developed by outside sources were used at some point in the screening and assessment process, and the majority of programs also used instruments developed in-house. Fewer than half of these instruments were mentioned in the Substance Use Screening & Assessment Instruments Database. We were able to confirm that 87 percent of the instruments developed by others have a published manual, and 74 percent have been described in an article appearing in a peer-reviewed publication. Sixty-two percent were designed to be used with adolescents or adults and adolescents, while 19 percent were designed for adults only. Tables, references, and appendix (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescent chemical dependency; Drug use; Juvenile drug treatment; Juvenile residential treatment centers; Treatment; Treatment effectiveness; Treatment/Therapeutic Community; Underage Drinking
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