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NCJ Number: 152104 Find in a Library
Title: Reactions to Hill End Adolescent Unit: Interviews With 20 Ex-Patients
Journal: Journal of Adolescence  Volume:17  Issue:5  Dated:(October 1994)  Pages:483-489
Author(s): S Stuart-Smith
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Ten male and 10 female adolescents who had been recently discharged from the Hill End Adolescent Unit in the United Kingdom, to which they had been admitted due to problem behavior, were interviewed for an average of 1 hour each to explore their experiences in the unit; their parents were also interviewed briefly.
Abstract: Eight of the youths were admitted for refusing to attend school, five for stealing, two for glue-sniffing, and five for attempting suicide. The most commonly reported behavior underlying admission was causing trouble at home. The interviews revealed that more than half the participants reported some benefit from their experience in the unit, most notably from drama therapy, family therapy, and peer group support. Several areas of difficulty also emerged, including objections to video recording and one-way mirrors, dislike of being in the grounds of a psychiatric hospital, inadequate staffing levels at night, and fear of an autistic adolescent. The youths also expressed preference for the use of a time-out room rather than sedation. Their recall of explanations given before admission regarding practices on the unit was poor. Adolescents and parents agree that behavior or family relationships had improved in 11 cases; one family said that things were worse. Certain changes have been made at the unit since the study. 8 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Criminology; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Juvenile mental health services; Services effectiveness; United Kingdom (UK)
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