Traumatized youth and substance abuse treatment outcomes: A longitudinal study

Julie K. Williams, Douglas C. Smith, Nathan Gotman, Bushra Sabri, Hyonggin An, James A. Hall

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This longitudinal study examined whether youth with high traumatic stress (HTS) respond differently to outpatient substance abuse treatment compared to youth without HTS at intake, and at 3 and 6 months following intake. Data were analyzed using a mixed-effects two-part model to fit repeated data with zero saturation. Clients in both groups significantly increased their odds of abstinence and full symptom remission of substance problems from baseline to 6 months. Of youth still using substances, the group with HTS reduced substance use significantly more than substance users without HTS. Recommendations for future research are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-108
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb 1
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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