Substance abuse treatment outcomes for adolescents with violent behaviors

Bushra Sabri, Julie K. Williams, Douglas C. Smith, Mijin Jang, James A. Hall

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether substance-abusing adolescents with co-occurring violent behaviors showed reduction in these behaviors after exposure to outpatient drug treatment. Using a longitudinal research design, adolescents were classified based on 3 levels of the violence reported at intake and were assessed at 3 and 6 months following intake. The high-violence group showed significant reductions in the frequency of substance use, substance-related problems, and violence over time. The study shows that participation in outpatient substance abuse treatment may be associated with improved outcomes for adolescents with co-occurring substance abuse and violent behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-62
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • Adolescents
  • Outpatient
  • Substance abuse
  • Treatment outcomes
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation


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