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Research Professor Tom Nochajski publishes study "Symptoms of depression and successful drug court completion"

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Congratulations to Research Professor Tom Nochajski and colleagues on the publication of the study "Symptoms of depression and successful drug court completion" in the Community of Mental Health Journal.

Mendoza, N.S., Trinidad, J.R., Nochajski, T.H., & Farrell, M.G. (2013). Symptoms of depression and successful drug court completion. Community of Mental Health Journal.

The majority of drug abusing offenders who need substance abuse treatment do not receive it. Although interventions like drug court increase the probability of offender success, little is known about how co-occurring psychological symptoms impact drug court treatment outcomes. Based on previous research, we hypothesized that co-occurring psychological symptoms would have a significant relationship with successful drug court completion. Using a sample of suburban drug court enrollees (n = 122), multivariate logistic regression was conducted with successful drug court completion as the outcome variable. Predictor variables included symptom counts of depression, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, psychosis, generalized anxiety, and social phobia. Results indicated that participants with fewer symptoms of depression were more likely to successfully complete drug court than participants with more symptoms. The present study extends previous research by demonstrating that symptoms of depression are related to poorer outcomes for drug court enrollees. Accordingly, drug courts need to address participants' symptoms of depression to maximize success.


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