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Does Screening Classification Predict Long-term Outcomes of DWI Offenders

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Objectives : To determine the usefulness of a screening classification system in predicting treatment use, current substance abuse disorders (SUD), and driving over the alcohol limit (DOL) at 15-year follow-up.

Methods : Interviewed 583 driving while imparied (DWI) first offenders with SUDs. Univariate and multivariate statistics were used to determine predictors of long-term outcomes.

Results : Screening classification defined groups with different treatment histories and 15-year outcomes. Current SUDs were reported by 21 and DOL by 10, of subjects.

Conclusions : Group differences suggest that screening data could be used more effectively to triage and treat DWI offenders.

Keywords: DWI/DUI screening; DWI/DUI treatment; driving under the influence; impaired driving

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Director, Behavioral Health Research Center of the Southwest, a center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Albuquerque, NM.

Publication date: November 1, 2010

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