ERIC Number: ED353495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Outcome of Drug Abuse Treatment and Self Concept Improvement for Mass Transit Workers.
Biase, D. Vincent; Sullivan, Arthur P.
Because of increasing concern about drug use in the work place and its impact on public safety, an urban mass transit agency formed a collaborative treatment link with Daytop Village to provide treatment for "impaired" transportation workers. Effective counseling approaches in the residential setting were adapted for ambulatory use and combined with urinalysis and monitoring by Daytop and the employing agency. Records of 111 randomly selected workers admitted to the program were analyzed. Of these, 57 completed the program and 54 were dismissed for lack of consistent attendance at counseling sessions or other failure to comply with requirements. Treatment effectiveness was measured by program completion, drug free status, self-concept, and psychological measures. The Tennessee Self Concept Scale (TSCS) was administered to subjects at their initial screening for the program and at completion of the program. Those subjects who completed the program reported significant self-esteem score improvements from pre- to post-test on the TSCS and reflected statistically significant pre-post improvements in scores based on empirical scales of psychopathology. Analysis of the relationship between the identified presenting drug problem and treatment outcome indicated that marijuana abusers were more likely to complete the program while heroin users were more likely to drop out. The program was effective in treating workers who abused crack and cocaine. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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