A qualitative examination of the juvenile drug court treatment process

Valerie Bryan, Matthew Hiller, Carl Leukefeld

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Drug treatment courts have proliferated at a remarkable rate, to over 1,000 drug court programs by May 2001. Literature has developed which shows drug courts to be generally effective for reducing recidivism and drug use. However, research on juvenile drug court treatment has lagged behind its adult predecessor. Recent research efforts emphasize the need to understand the process components of drug court so this treatment model can be described and modified to improve effectiveness. The current paper has three related objectives: (1) to describe how focus groups can be effectively used to study juvenile drug court treatment processes; (2) to present findings from a juvenile drug court in which this method was used; and (3) to interpret these findings through an empirically validated conceptual model that has been used to examine the treatment process components of community-based drug abuse treatment. Implications for evaluation and treatment professionals are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-114
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 12 2006

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project was funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice and the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts. Points of view in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice or of the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts.


  • Adolescents
  • Drug abuse
  • Drug court
  • Juveniles
  • Substance abuse treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation


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