Project: Research project

Project Details


DESCRIPTION: Applicant's Abstract
Adolescent drug abuse treatment research has made considerable progress over
the past decade as a scientific and clinical specialty. Advances include the
formulation of specialized multicomponent adolescent drug abuse treatment
models which have been manualized and empirically tested. Researchers have also
begun to explore moderators, processes, and mechanisms of effective adolescent
drug abuse treatments. Moreover, widespread support exists among federal and
private funding agencies for research on adolescent drug abuse treatment. This
specialty's continued scientific maturation is predicated on its capacity to
define the parameters and activities of empirically-based treatment
development. At this time, the introduction and implementation of a framework
for empirically based treatment development would facilitate researchers'
efforts to develop and refine effective adolescent drug abuse treatments. To
initiate steps toward importing a model for empirically based treatment
development within this specialty, we propose an adolescent substance abuse
treatment research conference (ASATRC). The primary purpose of the ASATRC would
be to provide a forum for dialogue among specialists in adolescent drug abuse
treatment research regarding empirically based treatment development. Through a
series of presentations and panel discussions, the objectives of the ASATRC
would be (a) to address the status and empirical basis of treatment development
within the adolescent drug abuse treatment specialty, (b) to identify the major
conclusions, the knowns and unknowns, pertaining to adolescent drug abuse
treatment, (c) to specify unanswered empirical questions and points of
controversy, which, if addressed successfully, would advance the state of the
science of adolescent drug abuse treatment research, (d) to estimate the
specialty's progress in developing a superordinate, empirically-oriented
treatment development framework for adolescent drug abuse; and to articulate
the components, processes and stages of possible treatment development
frameworks for adolescent drug abuse, and (e) to form a network within which
ongoing dialogue and collaboration may occur among adolescent drug abuse
treatment researchers.
Effective start/end date9/30/009/30/01


  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: $14,948.00


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