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NCJ Number: 210656 Find in a Library
Title: Which Adolescents Need to Talk About Safety and Violence?
Journal: Social Work in Mental Health  Volume:3  Issue:1/2  Dated:2004  Pages:103-119
Author(s): Michael Surko; Dianne Ciro; Erika Carlson; Nyanda Labor; Vincent Giannone; Elizabeth Diaz-Cruz; Ken Peake; Irwin Epstein
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 17
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents findings from the administering of Adquest, a clinical intake questionnaire, about prior experiences of trauma and present safety among adolescents seeking mental health counseling.
Abstract: Low-income, urban adolescents often come from communities in which violence is a common occurrence. Although exposure to violence has harmful psychological effects on adolescents, clinicians seeing them rarely ask them directly about their exposure to safety risks in their environment. Safety and violence are significant issues for adolescents. However, when asked, inner-city adolescents will talk openly about violence in their lives. This article presents research findings extracted from a clinical intake questionnaire, Adquest, designed by clinicians to solicit information about prior experiences of trauma and present safety among adolescents seeking mental health counseling. The instrument is intended to open an ongoing dialogue with prospective clients about their development-in-context as a means of building a helping relationship and planning for constructive change. The findings indicate that a substantial portion of Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (AHC) mental health service applicants routinely experiences serious environmental safety risks with males reporting higher rates of risks related to physical violence and females reporting higher rates of risk associated with sexual violence or abuse. A consistent pattern of environmental risk increasing with age may have been due to older adolescents’ greater geographical mobility, social interaction, and their spending less time under direct adult supervision. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Adolescents at risk
Index Term(s): Adolescent females; Adolescent males; Attitude measurement; Dangerousness; Evaluation measures; Juvenile mental health services; Mental health services; Research design; Research methods; Testing and measurement
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