Teenagers and group therapy - common characteristics
by S.Abate on April 3, 2014 - 3:53pm
This article speaks about a study where there was an investigation on certain characteristics that might enhance discouragement among young adults attending outpatient alcohol and drug group therapy. One goal in the study was to provide information for nurses and other professionals who work with teens who suffer from mental health disorders and substance abuse. An audit reviewed the files of 64 teenagers who attended a weekly alcohol and drug group therapy between the years of 2002 and 2004. Five characteristics were shown to have an impact on enhancing group retention which were: Māori and Pacific Island ethnicity, having past or current legal charges, youth drug court (YDC) involvement, having a diagnosis of cannabis dependence, and of conduct disorder. Just on its own, YDC involvement predicted treatment pretention. The results from this study expands the idea of enhancing treatment retention for “vulnerable and hard-to-engage” adolescent groups with more complicated treatment needs, and it brought light to the fact that the need for deeper investigation of the role of the YDC. In terms of a practice perspective, the results support group therapy as a more cost-effective treatment for helping teens with substance use issues and mental health issues, and also those with conduct disorder and YDC involvement.