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NCJ Number: 194475 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Intervention Trial to Improve Adherence to Community Treatment by Adolescents After a Suicide Attempt
Journal: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry  Volume:41  Issue:4  Dated:April 2002  Pages:435-442
Author(s): Anthony Spirito Ph.D.; Julie Boergers Ph.D.; Deidre Donaldson Ph.D.; Duane Bishop M.D.; William Lewander M.D.
Date Published: April 2002
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Van Ameringen Foundation, Inc
New York, NY 10022
Grant Number: MH52411;
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper seeks to determine whether a problem-solving intervention would increase adherence to outpatient treatment for adolescents after a suicide attempt.
Abstract: Failure to adhere to treatment is a significant problem in psychotherapy research and has been particularly problematic with adolescent suicide attempters. One factor was related to treatment adherence: a brief psychiatric hospitalization after the attempt did result in greater treatment attendance at follow-up. This paper addresses a broader range of factors related to treatment adherence than did previous studies. A brief inpatient psychiatric stay following a suicide attempt was related to both greater use of psychotropic medication and more contact with mental health professionals in the 3 months following a suicide attempt. More than half of the families in this study reported that access to services was a major problem. The type of intervention studied here, which is designed to primarily affect family and individual barriers to participation in treatment, may be useful, but only if there are enough resources devoted to ensuring adequate access to services. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Juvenile suicide; Juvenile treatment methods; Mental health; Psychologists/psychiatrists role in Juvenile Justice; Suicide; Suicidology; Treatment; Treatment intervention model; Voluntary treatment
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