A Comparison of Two Reentry Strategies for Drug Abusing Juvenile Offenders

Christine A. Saum, Principal Investigator
Steven S. Martin, Co-Principal Investigator
Jessica Hodge, Site Coordinator
Jamie Longazel, Site Coordinator

Initiated: 2002

Funding Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Project Summary:

This study is intended to compare usual aftercare services for juveniles with cognitive restructuring, an intervention that targets the adolescent’s distorted or negative thinking patterns. Cognitive restructuring has been studied in adult offenders, but this will be the first major study on its application with adolescents. The participants in this study will be youth returning home from secure residential treatment facilities, and the goal of the study will be to determine the optimal intervention for youth with drug problems under juvenile justice supervision.