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Advisory Committee Chair

Jeffrey T Walker

Advisory Committee Members

John A Dantzler

Kathryn D Morgan

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2019

Degree Name by School

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

Illicit drug use during adolescence is common. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, marijuana usage and the misuse of prescription pain relievers were the main substances used during 2016. The survey reported that 4 million people age 12 and over were diagnosed with a marijuana disorder, 2.1 million an opioid use disorder, and 1.8 million with a prescription pain reliever disorder. Limited research has been conducted on adolescent substance abuse programs, yet there is a need for effective and efficient interventions. Using multiple logistic regression this study sought to identify the factors contributing to the success (completion) or failure (non-completion) of adolescents enrolled in a substance abuse program that has reported successes for over two decades. The relationships between offender characteristics, the type of substance abuse diagnosis, seriousness of offense, multiple drug test failures and the level of supervision were tested to determine their impact on the program’s outcomes. Results revealed that these variables were not the best predictors of outcomes.

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