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.
|Title of host publication||42nd APS annual conference|
|Subtitle of host publication||Psychology making an impact|
|Place of Publication||Melbourne, Australia|
|Publisher||Australian Psychological Society|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
|Event||Australian Psychological Society (APS) Annual Conference - Brisbane, Australia, Australia|
Duration: 25 Sep 2007 → 29 Sep 2007
|Conference||Australian Psychological Society (APS) Annual Conference|
|Period||25/09/07 → 29/09/07|
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.