Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition cannabis use disorder
Treatment marijuana check-ins
Phase phase 3
Sponsor Denise Walker
Collaborator Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Start date March 2011
End date September 2014
Trial size 252 participants
Trial identifier NCT01109563, 2R01DA014296-09A1, 37852-G

Summary

This study will test a behavioral intervention tailored for adolescents who smoke marijuana and have concerns about their use. The study's purpose is to determine whether this intervention (two-sessions of motivational enhancement intervention followed by 12 months of optional skills training) will be more effective in reducing the use of this drug if augmented by three periodic motivational enhancement treatment check-in sessions as compared to three periodic computer-based check-in sessions.

HYPOTHESES: (1) Participants in the motivational enhancement treatment check-ins (MCI) condition will reduce their use of marijuana more than participants in the computer based (Comp) condition and report fewer negative consequences. These differences are expected to be greater at later follow-ups (i.e, 9, 12, and 15 months) after repeated check-ins exert a cumulative effect. (2)Engagement in CBT sessions will be greater for those in the MCI condition and will partially mediate the effect on marijuana related outcome indices. (3) The MCI intervention will lead to increased self-efficacy, and decreased normative perceptions of marijuana use by other teens that will also partially mediate the effect of the intervention.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
Arm
(Active Comparator)
The Computer Check-In gives the participant contact with the research therapist, an assessment of marijuana use and the current impact of use, and a reminder about optional support sessions.
marijuana check-ins
The MCI, an MET intervention, will include the provision of personalized feedback with a motivational interviewing style. The focus of these sessions will be individualized to participants based on recent marijuana use and related experiences. Feedback given to participants during the MCI session will review progress toward goals as self-reported in percent days abstinent, normative data regarding marijuana use, review of reported consequences of marijuana use, review of abuse and dependence criteria reported, comparison of consequences and abuse and dependence symptoms reported over time, review of the positive outcomes from reductions in use, and review of immediate and long-term life goals and how their marijuana goal will affect these. HEs will offer particular encouragement to take advantage of CBT sessions to participants who feel they currently need treatment.
(Experimental)
The MCI, a MET intervention, will include the provision of personalized feedback with a motivational interviewing style. The focus of these sessions will be individualized to participants based on recent marijuana use and related experiences. Feedback given to participants during the MCI session will review progress toward goals as self-reported in percent days abstinent, normative data regarding marijuana use, review of reported consequences of marijuana use, review of abuse and dependence criteria reported, comparison of consequences and abuse and dependence symptoms reported over time, review of the positive outcomes from reductions in use, and review of immediate and long-term life goals and how their marijuana goal will affect these. HEs will offer particular encouragement to take advantage of CBT sessions to participants who feel they currently need treatment.
marijuana check-ins
The MCI, an MET intervention, will include the provision of personalized feedback with a motivational interviewing style. The focus of these sessions will be individualized to participants based on recent marijuana use and related experiences. Feedback given to participants during the MCI session will review progress toward goals as self-reported in percent days abstinent, normative data regarding marijuana use, review of reported consequences of marijuana use, review of abuse and dependence criteria reported, comparison of consequences and abuse and dependence symptoms reported over time, review of the positive outcomes from reductions in use, and review of immediate and long-term life goals and how their marijuana goal will affect these. HEs will offer particular encouragement to take advantage of CBT sessions to participants who feel they currently need treatment.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
frequency (number of days) of marijuana use
time frame: 60 days
treatment utilization
time frame: 90 days
marijuana abuse/dependence symptoms
time frame: 60 days
engagement in cognitive behavioral skills training sessions
time frame: 90 days

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
self-efficacy
time frame: 90 days
normative perceptions of peer marijuana use
time frame: 90 days

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 14 years up to 19 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1. age (14-19 years old), 2. grade level (9th through 11th) and 3. marijuana use. Exclusion Criteria: Individuals will be excluded if: 1. they are not fluent in English, 2. they have a thought disorder that precludes full participation, 3. they refuse to accept randomization to condition, 4. they are high school seniors.

Additional Information

Official title Reaching and Motivating Change in Teen Marijuana Smokers
Principal investigator Denise D Walker, PhD
Description The goal of this trial is to evaluate the efficacy of an enhanced Teen Marijuana Check-Up protocol to reach and intervene with non-treatment seeking adolescents who use marijuana heavily. Two hundred fifty adolescents who use marijuana heavily will receive a 2-session individual motivational enhancement therapy. All participants will also be offered the opportunity, over a 12-month period, to repeatedly re-initiate marijuana counseling. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive one of two types of periodic follow-up contacts: Motivational interviewing-based Marijuana Check-Ins (MCI) or Computer Based Control (Comp) sessions. All participants will be reassessed at the 6, 9, 12, and 15-month anniversaries of enrollment. Following their initial motivational enhancement therapy, the 125 experimental condition participants will additionally have a motivational enhancement treatment "check-in" session with their counselor at the 4, 7, and 10-month anniversaries of enrollment intended to reinforce the maintenance of treatment gains and motivate continued success, increase motivation to change for participants who did not meet their marijuana use goals, and/or prompt utilization of cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) sessions as needed. The 125 comparison participants will complete a computer based questionnaire at the same time intervals to serve as an attentional control.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in March 2015.
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