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NCJ Number: 210659 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescents' Need to Talk About School and Work in Mental Health Treatment
Journal: Social Work in Mental Health  Volume:3  Issue:1/2  Dated:2004  Pages:155-169
Author(s): Elizabeth Diaz-Cruz; Daniel Medeiros; Michael Surko; Ruth Hoffman; Irwin Epstein
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 15
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Utilizing data obtained from Adquest, an adolescent intake questionnaire, this study explored how adolescents view their educational life and their need to address educational risks clinically.
Abstract: School-aged adolescents spend much of their time in school. That is why this study highlights the importance of school and work to adolescents presenting for mental health services. Mining data from a clinical intake questionnaire for adolescents (Adquest), this study sought to better understand the worlds of school and work in the lives of these adolescents. The study attempts to demonstrate how knowledge of adolescent risk factors associated with education and work, such as truancy and problems at work can create therapeutic engagement opportunities. The study describes the prevalence of academic and employment risk factors in this population, their correlations with other high-risk activities, and the desire of these adolescents to talk about school and work. The study provides significant evidence that urban, low-income, and minority youth are motivated to work and need to be provided with appropriate work opportunities. This is one reason why mental health practitioners may need to more actively step out of their traditional roles of counseling to include greater advocacy for their young clients, maximizing educational and work opportunities which are essential to mental health. References
Main Term(s): Adolescents at risk
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Adolescent females; Adolescent males; Attitudes toward education; Children at risk; Juvenile educational services; Juvenile health services; Juvenile mental health services; Risk taking behavior; School health services; School maladjustment; Students
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