Date of Award

5-1-2016

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Rehabilitation

First Advisor

Crimando, William

Abstract

Substance abuse treatment non-completion has serious implications for the future success with sobriety of adolescents. In this study, 38 adolescents were given the opportunity to complete a survey with the intent of identifying barriers to participating and successfully completing substance abuse treatment. Directors of substance abuse services at chosen agencies in Southern Illinois were also given the opportunity to complete a survey to identify quality components of effective adolescent substance abuse treatment programs. Collected data were analyzed using multivariate approaches, such as regression and chi-square tests, to identify factors that may contribute to treatment completion. The results provide information about how substance use service providers can address barriers and improve services to meet the needs of adolescents suffering from substance abuse issues.

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