I’m thrilled to have gotten the e-mail from Nicole Morris this morning letting me know that our paper was accepted into Addictive Behaviors. The study uses a large, multi-site sample of individuals receiving residential substance use treatment and asks if the CES-D (a common depressive measure) is useful for predicting treatment outcomes. The results are a resounding success!
Download the paper HERE
Some brief results are presented below.
- The CES-D has 3 factors in residential substance use populations, but scores represents largely the negative mood/anhedonia experiences of depression because of how many items load on that factor
- CES-D scores are (unsurprisingly) very high in those undergoing substance use, most exceed a screening cut score for depression
- Higher CES-D scores result in worse discharge outcomes (less normal, more administrative and AMA – but there is variation in this among symptom) and there tend to be 3 distinct paths that scores follow over time with separate intercepts (score) and slopes (rate of change)
- Drug of choice and gender don’t play a role in the CES-D’s predictive utility in this population