Motivational Interviews for Incarcerated Teens

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified May 2005 by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
Brown University
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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Identifier:
First received: November 4, 2005
Last updated: February 1, 2006
Last verified: May 2005

The purpose of this study is to test the efficacy of individual motivational interview for reducing alcohol and marijuana-related harm as well as alcohol and marijuana use in incarcerated teens.

Condition Intervention Phase
Alcohol Abuse
Marijuana Abuse
Behavioral: Behavior Therapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase 2 Study Motivational Interviews for Incarcerated Teens

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Time-line followback
  • urine drug screen

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: November 2000
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2006
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 use. 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 youth. 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 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 use and crime in this population.


Ages Eligible for Study:   14 Years to 19 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

Adjudicated teen 12-19 yrs. old, 4-12 month sentence, english speaking -

Exclusion Criteria:


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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00249184

United States, Rhode Island
Rhode Island Training School
Cranston, Rhode Island, United States, 02920
Sponsors and Collaborators
Brown University
Principal Investigator: Lynda Stein, Ph.D. Brown University
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00249184     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DA13375
Study First Received: November 4, 2005
Last Updated: February 1, 2006
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Marijuana Abuse
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 16, 2014