Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors influencing retention in a residential treatment program
by Ekstrom, John Emmett, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 70; 1466201
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine factors that influence the retention, duration and completion of a substance abuse treatment program in a residential treatment facility. The facility is a Therapeutic Community (TC) model located in Southern California. One year of client discharges were analyzed using a dataset provided by the facility. A total of 150 cases were analyzed.

Close to one-third of participants were homeless at the time of their admittance and half were referred to the facility by the criminal justice system. Out of the 150 cases, 60% successfully completed the program. The average length of stay was 98 days. Latinos were found to have a significantly longer length of stay than either African Americans or white, European-Americans.

The chronic nature of substance abuse calls for more effective treatment. Identifying interventions that are associated with successful program completion and verifiable outcomes are keys to successful treatment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ranney, Molly
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Clinical psychology
Publication Number: 1466201
ISBN: 978-1-109-16786-3
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