A Comparison of Adolescent Group Therapy and Transitional Family Therapy for Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Abusers
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00484367|
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified November 2008 by The Morton Center, Inc..
Recruitment status was: Active, not recruiting
First Posted : June 8, 2007
Last Update Posted : August 26, 2011
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Alcohol Abuse Alcohol Dependence Cannabis Abuse Cannabis Dependence Other Substance Abuse||Behavioral: Adolescent group therapy Behavioral: Transitional family therapy||Phase 2 Phase 3|
Despite well-founded societal concerns over the use of illicit drugs by youth, alcohol use has persisted for decades as the number one adolescent substance abuse problem in the U.S. Further, research has shown that the earlier the onset of alcohol use, the more likely is a person to develop alcohol dependence later, during adulthood. Consequently, the need is clear for interventions which will arrest this process at the earliest point possible. Hence, interventions that mobilize a youth's social systems to help that young person deal with the problem, i.e., the family and peer systems, would make sense from a number of standpoints. Two primary modalities developed to deal with such issues are those examined here: family therapy and group therapy.
The participants were males and females, ages 13-17 at intake, with a DSM-IV diagnosis of either alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence. Following random assignment to condition, basic treatment in both conditions was based on a 12-session model and took approximately 3-4 months, followed by 1-2 aftercare sessions over an additional 1-2 months. The treatment was provided by therapists who were already working within the community (as opposed, for instance, to graduate students). Follow-up assessments were obtained at 3 months post-treatment, 1 year post-treatment, and 2 years post-treatment, thus allowing determination of the extent to which treatment effects "held up" to a degree not attained by most of the previous outcome studies within this domain.
Comparisons: AGT and TFT are being compared on the extent to which their participants used alcohol, as well as other substances, during the three post-treatment periods. Other comparisons include school performance (grade point average), family relations/functioning, and involvement with the legal system.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||120 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Family and Group Therapies for Adolescent Alcohol Abuse|
|Study Start Date :||July 1999|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||August 2012|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||August 2012|
|Active Comparator: 1 AGT||
Behavioral: Adolescent group therapy
Adolescent group therapy
|Active Comparator: 2 TFT||
Behavioral: Transitional family therapy
Transitional family therapy
- Alcohol use Cannabis use Other substance use [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3 months post-treatment, 1 year post-treatment, and 2 years post-treatment ]
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00484367
|United States, Kentucky|
|The Morton Center|
|Louisville, Kentucky, United States, 40204|
|Principal Investigator:||Morris D. Stanton, PhD||The Morton Center|