This work was supported by funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse [1RO1DA14702 to D.D.C.] and National Institute of Mental Health [5F31MH073430 to D.G.] at the National Institutes of Health.
UNANTICIPATED EFFECT OF A RANDOMIZED PEER NETWORK INTERVENTION ON DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS AMONG YOUNG METHAMPHETAMINE USERS IN THAILAND
Article first published online: 7 AUG 2012
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Journal of Community Psychology
Volume 40, Issue 7, pages 799–813, September 2012
How to Cite
German, D., Sutcliffe, C. G., Sirirojn, B., Sherman, S. G., Latkin, C. A., Aramrattana, A. and Celentano, D. D. (2012), UNANTICIPATED EFFECT OF A RANDOMIZED PEER NETWORK INTERVENTION ON DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS AMONG YOUNG METHAMPHETAMINE USERS IN THAILAND. J. Community Psychol., 40: 799–813. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21488
We acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of Nick Thomson and the RIHES study team and thank the study participants.
- Issue published online: 7 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 7 AUG 2012
We examined the effect on depressive symptoms of a peer network-oriented intervention effective in reducing sexual risk behavior and methamphetamine (MA) use. Current Thai MA users aged 18-25 years and their drug and/or sex network members enrolled in a randomized controlled trial with 4 follow-ups over 12 months. A total of 415 index participants recruited 568 network members. Linear repeated measures models were fit with depressive symptoms (Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale [CES-D]) as the outcome. Among indexes in the intervention condition, mean CES-D decreased from 20.0 to 15.7 (p < 0.0001) over follow-up. Controlling for covariates and changes in MA and alcohol use, CES-D in this group decreased by 0.35 points per month (95% confidence interval, 0.45, -0.25). All other groups showed minimal changes in CES-D score. The peer-oriented, community-based intervention designed to reduce MA use and sexual risk behavior also resulted in substantial reduction in depressive symptoms, independent of changes in MA use.