Graduation Year

2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree

Ph.D.

Degree Granting Department

Criminology

Major Professor

Christine S. Sellers

Keywords

drug court, mental health, social support, substance abuse, trauma

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of psychosocial factors on drug court graduation among a medication assisted treatment drug court population. The extant research identifies drug courts as effective in reducing recidivism and relapse rates; however meta-analyses of the drug court literature reveal that there is little explanation as to why drug courts are effectual and especially for whom. This study examined trauma, mental health, and social support to determine predictive psychosocial factors of drug court participants while controlling for certain demographics. The analyses showed that social support was predictive, but failed to identify trauma or mental health correlates. Policy implications are discussed.

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