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ERIC Number: EJ990178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Unanticipated Effect of a Randomized Peer Network Intervention on Depressive Symptoms among Young Methamphetamine Users in Thailand
German, D.; Sutcliffe, C. G.; Sirirojn, B.; Sherman, S. G.; Latkin, C. A.; Aramrattana, A.; Celentano, D. D.
Journal of Community Psychology, v40 n7 p799-813 Sep 2012
We examined the effect on depressive symptoms of a peer network-oriented intervention effective in reducing sexual risk behavior and methamphetamine (MA) use. Current Thai MA users aged 18-25 years and their drug and/or sex network members enrolled in a randomized controlled trial with 4 follow-ups over 12 months. A total of 415 index participants recruited 568 network members. Linear repeated measures models were fit with depressive symptoms (Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale [CES-D]) as the outcome. Among indexes in the intervention condition, mean CES-D decreased from 20.0 to 15.7 (p less than 0.0001) over follow-up. Controlling for covariates and changes in MA and alcohol use, CES-D in this group decreased by 0.35 points per month (95% confidence interval, 0.45, -0.25). All other groups showed minimal changes in CES-D score. The peer-oriented, community-based intervention designed to reduce MA use and sexual risk behavior also resulted in substantial reduction in depressive symptoms, independent of changes in MA use. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Thailand
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale