Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Steven A. Branstetter.
Prior research has demonstrated a relation between Conduct Disorder (CD), its severity (total number of symptoms), and substance use disorder (SUD). The current study examined 105 opioid dependent adults for a history of CD and treatment outcome characteristics over a 16 week SUD treatment program. Results demonstrate the effects of CD in regards to poorer improvement of summed Addiction Severity Index composite scores and amphetamine use. Improvement in cocaine use was found to be associated with a CD diagnosis. CD severity was found to lead to poorer improvement as measured by psychiatric impairment and alcohol intoxication. However, participants with increased CD severity were more likely to decrease sedative and cocaine use over the course of treatment. A history of CD and violent behavior was not shown to affect treatment outcome. No treatment retention or urine sample analyses differences were found among any of the comparison groups.
Goldfine, Matthew E., "Conduct disorder and future substance abuse: Factors affecting drug treatment outcome" (2006). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 2480.