Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


School of Social Welfare

Content Description

1 online resource (xi, 125 pages) : color illustrations.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Philip McCallion

Committee Members

Loretta Malta, Carolyn Smith


adolescents, family treatment, gender differences, group treatment, race differences, substance abuse, Teenagers, Young adults, Minorities, Substance abuse

Subject Categories

Social Work


In recognition of differences in presenting needs and treatment responses of various subgroups of the adolescent substance abusing population, this study breaks ground from the traditional concept of utilizing a "one size fits all" evidence-based practice for treating adolescents by revealing the importance of tailoring treatments to adolescent subgroups. The subgroups studied were defined by age, gender, race, and special needs including, co-occurring mental illness, juvenile justice history, parental addiction, and those of higher severity of substance abuse. The interventions studied included group treatment, family treatment, case management, multi-service programming, vocational treatment and behavioral approaches. A quasi-experimental design was utilized and overall goal attainment was the dependent variable. Secondary client data from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) combined with data from a program-level survey of treatment practices was utilized. The sample consisted of 1150 adolescents, ages 12-20, from 27 OASAS-Licensed community-based programs.

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