Adolescents in treatment: Effects of parental substance abuse on treatment entry characteristics and outcomes

Gillian Leichtling, Roy M. Gabriel, Chandra K. Lewis, Kelly Jean Vander Ley

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Abstract

Research strongly supports an increased risk of substance use disorders among the adolescent children of addicted parents. However, little documentation exists of how these adolescents fare when they present for treatment. This article uses data taken from a two-state study on the effects of adolescent substance abuse treatment to examine the characteristics of adolescents with substance-abusing parents and their outcomes following an episode of outpatient treatment. Although such adolescents enter treatment with greater problem severity in a range of areas, outcomes appear similar to adolescents with no substance-abusing parents. The impact of family and individual counseling on outcomes was also examined, demonstrating mixed results for adolescents with substance-abusing parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-174
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Volume6
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 25 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescent treatment
  • Family counseling
  • Parental substance abuse
  • Treatment outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation

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