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CBT and Contingency

Caroline Easton is also conducting a related clinical trial to assess the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) combined with contingency management (CM) interventions for young adults who are dependent on marijuana and have criminal justice involvement. The results from earlier studies that utilized both CBT and CM strategies suggest that payment for compliance enhances engagement and increases the efficacy of social and therapeutic services. These studies are part of a program of research by Easton to investigate the relationship between substance use and criminal behavior and effective interventions to interrupt the addictive and behavioral patterns.


Easton C, Swan S, Sinha R. Prevalence of family violence in clients entering substance abuse treatment. J Subs Abuse Treat (2000) 18, 23-8.

Easton C. Substance abuse and criminality in the mentally disordered defendant. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law (2005) 33, 196-8.