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Motivational Interviews for Incarcerated Teens - 1

This study has been completed.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lynda Stein, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Identifier:
First received: September 27, 2005
Last updated: September 24, 2014
Last verified: September 2014
The purpose of this study is to test the efficacy of an individual motivational interview for reducing alcohol and marijuana-related harm as well as alcohol and marijuana use in incarcerated teens.

Condition Intervention
Alcoholic Intoxication Marijuana Abuse Behavioral: Behavior Therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Motivational Interviews for Incarcerated Teens

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Further study details as provided by Lynda Stein, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Drug and alcohol use [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 month in facility, 3 month post facility ]

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: November 2000
Study Completion Date: July 2004
Primary Completion Date: May 2004 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

The objective of this research is to investigate ways to enhance motivation for treatment and effectively reduce substance abuse among juvenile offenders. Motivational intervention (MI) as preparation for residential treatment and for persons (including teens) with little motivation to change has been effective in reducing substance abuse. Thus, MI designed for delinquent youths who are required to attend substance abuse treatment may prove efficacious.

In this proposed randomized trial, a one-way design (MI + Standard Care [SC] v. Attention Control [AC] + SC) will be used to determine whether MI enhances subsequent treatment participation and reduces substance-related problems post discharge in substance using, delinquent youths. Teens will also receive a booster session of MI or AC prior to discharge. Primary outcome variables include alcohol and marijuana use, as well as related behaviors (illegal activity, sex or injuries while drunk or high). It is hypothesized that in comparison to teens receiving AC, youths receiving MI will participate more (by therapist and teen ratings) in SC and will show the lowest levels of heavy substance use and related problems after discharge. It is hypothesized that these effects will be mediated by stage of change, drug effect expectancies and self-efficacy.

This study will extend previous research by evaluating the use of MI with substance abusing teens in a correctional facility, and by expanding outcome measures to include alcohol and marijuana-related risk behavior (such as injuries and illegal activity when drunk or high) in this population. The development of effective interventions for substance using juvenile offenders has the potential to reduce substance abuse and crime in this population.


Ages Eligible for Study:   14 Years to 19 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

Teens will be included if they meet any of the following criteria: 1) in the year prior to incarceration they used marijuana regularly (at least monthly); 2) in the year prior to incarceration they drank regularly (at least monthly) or binged (>=5 for boys; >=4 for girls) over any two week period or less; 3) they used marijuana or drank in the 4 weeks before the offense for which they were incarcerated; or 4) they used marijuana or drank in the 4 weeks before they were incarcerated.

Exclusion Criteria:

Those teens sentenced for less than 4 months or greater than 12 months will be excluded from participation. We estimate that during year 1 we will exclude an additional 25% of youths because they will have previously participated in the study, and at year 2 we anticipate excluding an additional 49% of youths based on prior participation in the study.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00227916

United States, Rhode Island
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02912
Sponsors and Collaborators
Brown University
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Principal Investigator: Lynda Stein, Ph.D. Brown University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Lynda Stein, Professor, University of Rhode Island, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Identifier: NCT00227916     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00249184
Other Study ID Numbers: NIDA-13375-1
R01DA013375 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: September 27, 2005
Last Updated: September 24, 2014

Keywords provided by Lynda Stein, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):
alcohol, marijuana

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Marijuana Abuse
Alcoholic Intoxication
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Alcohol-Related Disorders processed this record on September 21, 2017