Depressive symptoms in adolescents during residential treatment for substance use disorders

Geetha A. Subramaniam, Lindy L. Lewis, Maxine L. Stitzer, Marc J. Fishman

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Abstract

This study examines the demographic and clinical correlates and time course of depressive symptoms among abstinent adolescents with substance use disorders (SUD) during residential treatment. Fifty-six adolescents were administered the Beck Depression Inventory at Weeks 1, 3, and 5 of residential treatment for SUD. Clinically significant depression persisted in a substantial minority at the time of discharge. Shorter length of stay patients reported higher baseline scores and a significant decline by Week 3. Longer length of stay patients showed significant decline in scores only at Week 5. Females, Caucasians, and high frequency cocaine/opiates users had elevated depressive symptoms, while those with shorter duration of abstinence did not.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-267
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal on Addictions
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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