Assessing social work’s contribution to controlled studies of adolescent substance abuse treatment

Jeffrey M. Jenson, Matthew O. Howard, Michael G. Vaughn

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Findings from a review of social work’s contribution to the adolescent substance abuse treatment outcome literature between 1990 and 2001 are presented. Social work involvement in adolescent substance abuse treatment was evaluated through a computerized bibliographic search of medical and social science databases and by a manual search of 13 core social work journals. Results indicate that social work has contributed little to knowledge development in adolescent chemical dependency treatment. Investigators affiliated with a department or school of social work accounted for three of 15 controlled treatment outcome studies. Only one report was published in a core social work journal. Efforts to develop clinical guidelines in this important practice domain will founder until a sufficiently directive body of practice-relevant research accumulates to guide evidence-based substance abuse treatment for adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-65
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec 8

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation


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