Repeated measures of psychological change in residential clients of an alcohol and drug treatment program

John Nolan, Anthony Thompson

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Abstract

A repeated measures design was used to evaluate changes in psychological and motivational characteristics for 80 adult male clients in a residential substance abuse program. Between group comparisons were also made for (n=42) clients mandated into treatment and those (n= 38) who entered treatment voluntarily. The main results showed significant improvement in psychological symptoms after 35 days and again after 75 days. These group effects were mirrored at the individual level by reliable change indices. The pattern of changes was similar for mandated and voluntary clients. Measures of motivation and interpersonal empathy did not change over time. This program evaluation study supports the integration of mental health treatment and substance abuse rehabilitation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication42nd APS annual conference
Subtitle of host publicationPsychology making an impact
EditorsKate Moore
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
PublisherAustralian Psychological Society
Pages292-296
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780909881337
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventAustralian Psychological Society (APS) Annual Conference - Brisbane, Australia, Australia
Duration: 25 Sep 200729 Sep 2007

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Psychological Society (APS) Annual Conference
CountryAustralia
Period25/09/0729/09/07

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    Nolan, J., & Thompson, A. (2007). Repeated measures of psychological change in residential clients of an alcohol and drug treatment program. In K. Moore (Ed.), 42nd APS annual conference: Psychology making an impact (pp. 292-296). Australian Psychological Society.