Martial Arts as Early Intervention for Teen Drug Abuse

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Colorado, Denver
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00956527
First received: August 10, 2009
Last updated: June 18, 2013
Last verified: June 2013
  Purpose

This is a Stage 1A/1B behavioral therapy development project with the aim of developing and piloting an early intervention based upon traditional martial arts for adolescents who are in the early stages of substance use/misuse.

The primary aims of this study are:

1) To develop a manualized version of an existing, typical traditional martial arts program, modified to target a reduction in substance use and the associated behavioral and psychosocial problems for adolescents in the early stages of substance use or misuse, based on principles derived from empirically-based prevention programs. 2) To obtain preliminary pilot data on recruitment feasibility, validity of assessments, and estimates of the effect size of the intervention in reducing substance use and improving prosocial behavioral and psychosocial outcomes. 3) To refine and further develop the manualized program based on pilot data and utilizing feedback from the initial cohort of participants, traditional martial arts program instructors and substance abuse treatment experts. The goals of these revisions would be to maximize the impact of the program on substance use and behavioral outcomes, while retaining the core features of a traditional martial arts program to ensure the feasibility of implementing, sustaining, and disseminating such a program in existing community-based martial arts programs. 4) To develop procedures for training interventionists (i.e., martial arts instructors and research assistants) and for monitoring program adherence to ensure fidelity. 5) To conduct a small pilot study of the refined manualized program to enable us to estimate the effect size of the intervention and provide information for estimating power for a larger randomized controlled trial should the results of this intervention prove promising in terms of positive impact on the primary and secondary outcome measures: decreased drug use and improvement in psychosocial functioning and behavioral problems (including aggression).


Condition Intervention
Adolescent
Substance Use
Behavioral: Modified traditional martial arts training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Martial Arts as Early Intervention for Teen Drug Abuse

Further study details as provided by University of Colorado, Denver:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in substance use [ Time Frame: end of trial ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in psychosocial functioning and behavioral problems [ Time Frame: end of trial ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 31
Study Start Date: May 2006
Study Completion Date: October 2009
Primary Completion Date: October 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Modified traditional martial arts training
Twice weekly hour-long training sessions. Classes will not vary significantly from those classes already taught at the karate school, with the following exceptions: 1) the focus of training will be primarily on the non-combative components of martial arts training, 2) there will be a higher instructor to student ratio, 3) belt advancement will be based not only on mastery of karate techniques, but also on achieving the predetermined goals as described above, and 4) weekly 5-10 minute talks will be delivered by the primary instructor and will consist of concepts relevant to substance abuse treatment (including both issues directly relating to drug use and the common skills deficits seen in "at risk" youth) and how these issues relate to martial arts concepts.
Behavioral: Modified traditional martial arts training
Twice weekly hour-long training sessions. Classes will not vary significantly from those classes already taught at the karate school, with the following exceptions: 1) the focus of training will be primarily on the non-combative components of martial arts training, 2) there will be a higher instructor to student ratio, 3) belt advancement will be based not only on mastery of karate techniques, but also on achieving the predetermined goals as described above, and 4) weekly 5-10 minute talks will be delivered by the primary instructor and will consist of concepts relevant to substance abuse treatment (including both issues directly relating to drug use and the common skills deficits seen in "at risk" youth) and how these issues relate to martial arts concepts.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years to 17 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Subjects must: 1) be 13 through 17 years old, 2) be of estimated average intelligence (IQ>80), 3) have current or recent drug/alcohol use as evidenced by a history of substance use of at least 2 times in the 12 weeks prior to study inclusion, and 4) be medically healthy.

Exclusion Criteria:

Subjects will be excluded if they 1) meet criteria for substance dependence (other than for nicotine) based on consensus between the Composite International Diagnostic Interview- Substance Abuse Model (CIDI-SAM) and clinical interview, 2) have a history of or currently have psychosis (not explained by drug use), or bipolar disorder that is currently unstable, 3) are currently receiving psychotherapy or some form of behavioral therapy, 4) have a chronic medical illness or condition that would keep them from fully participating in physical activity, 5) have been started on a psychotropic medication in the 30 days prior to study inclusion, or 6) are pregnant.

  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00956527

Locations
United States, Colorado
University of Colorado Denver
Aurora, Colorado, United States, 80045
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Colorado, Denver
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Robert Davies, MD University of Colorado, Denver
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: University of Colorado, Denver
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00956527     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 05-0681, R01DA018679
Study First Received: August 10, 2009
Last Updated: June 18, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by University of Colorado, Denver:
Adolescent
Substance Use
Early Intervention
Martial Arts
Karate

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Substance-Related Disorders
Mental Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 14, 2014