Cover: Developing an Assessment of the Adolescent Therapeutic Community Treatment Process Via Client Report

Developing an Assessment of the Adolescent Therapeutic Community Treatment Process Via Client Report

Published in: Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 2015

Posted on rand.org May 21, 2015

by Maria Orlando Edelen, Joan S. Tucker, Brian D. Stucky, Jennifer Butler, Britta Muehlbach

INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: We developed and evaluated an instrument (DCI-A) to measure the adolescent therapeutic community (TC) treatment process. DESIGN AND METHODS: Participants were adolescents from one of seven U.S. TC programs (N1 = a76, N2 = a66). We used Sample 1 to identify the instrument's structure, confirmed this with Sample 2, and generated descriptive statistics for the final solution using the combined sample. RESULTS: We identified and confirmed a 5-factor solution (Treatment Motivation, Personal Development, Problem Recognition, Family Relations, Social Network). Analyses provide preliminary evidence for the instrument's reliability and validity. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS: The DCI-A may be useful for assessing adolescent TC treatment process.

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