Working Memory Training for Adolescents With Cannabis Use Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Mary M. Sweeney, Olga Rass, Cara DiClemente, Rebecca L. Schacht, Hoa T. Vo, Marc J. Fishman, Jeannie Marie S. Leoutsakos, Miriam Z. Mintzer, Matthew W. Johnson

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Abstract

Adolescent cannabis use is associated with working memory impairment. The present randomized controlled trial assigned adolescents ages 14 to 21 enrolled in cannabis use treatment to receive either working memory training (experimental group) or a control training (control group) as an adjunctive treatment. Cognitive function, drug use, and other outcomes were assessed before and after training. We observed few differences in cognitive, functional, or self-reported drug use outcomes as a function of training group, although tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) urinalysis results favored the experimental group. These findings are similar to previous studies in substance users, which have shown limited transfer effects for working memory training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-226
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 4 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • cannabis
  • cognitive training
  • marijuana
  • working memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Sweeney, M. M., Rass, O., DiClemente, C., Schacht, R. L., Vo, H. T., Fishman, M. J., Leoutsakos, J. M. S., Mintzer, M. Z., & Johnson, M. W. (2018). Working Memory Training for Adolescents With Cannabis Use Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 27(4), 211-226. https://doi.org/10.1080/1067828X.2018.1451793