What difference does treatment make? Psychometric properties of a measure of young people's progress in residential rehabilitation

  • Research program: Harm reduction policy and strategies
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: January 2010
  • Expected end date: July 2014
  • Completion date: July 2014
  • Funded by: ARC Linkage
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This research aimed to: enhance evidence-based treatment outcome measures in residential rehabilitation services in WA and NSW; provide high-quality research training for alcohol and other drug service staff; and contribute to long-term collaborative relationships between five partner organisations, five universities, and addiction specialists which will assist ongoing service quality improvement. Enhancing the effectiveness of alcohol and other drug treatments for young people will also address the National Health Priority of injury prevention as young people are one of three groups at higher risk of harm.

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Dr Mandy Wilson
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Chief Investigator

Justice health


  • Chief Investigator: Helen Wildy,
  • Chief Investigator: Thiagarajan Sitharthan, University of Sydney
  • Chief Investigator: Katherine Conigrave, The University of Sydney
  • Chief Investigator: Carmen Acosta, Mission Australia
  • Chief Investigator: Allan Colthart, Department of Health WA

Professor Sherry Saggers
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Dr Lynn Roarty
Research Fellow
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Roarty, L., Wildy, H., Saggers, S., Wilson, M. and Symons, M. (2014). What difference does treatment make? Developing a qualitative measure of young people's progress in residential rehabilitation: final report. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9873641-5-9 [T230] Download PDF

Wilson, M., Saggers, S. and Wildy, H. (2013). Using narratives to understand progress in youth Alcohol and Other Drug treatment. Qualitative Research Journal, 13, (1), pp. 114-131. DOI: 10.1108/14439881311314694 [RJ881] View web page

Roarty, L., Wildy, H., Saggers, S., Conigrave, K., Wilson, M., Di Nicola, K., Webb, J. and Faulkner, J. (2012). 'My Journey Map': Developing a qualitative approach to mapping young people's progress in residential rehabilitation. Contemporary Drug Problems, 39, (4), pp. 715-733. DOI: 10.1177/009145091203900406 [RJ834] View web page

Roarty, L. (2011). Mapping progress: Young people in residential treatment. CentreLines, 35, pp. 2-4. [UJ184]