The who, what and why: A clinical profile of young people accessing drug and alcohol treatment

Armitage, Emma, Kelly, John, Quek, Lake-Hui and White, Angela (2010). The who, what and why: A clinical profile of young people accessing drug and alcohol treatment. In: Australian Winter School Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Austalia, (). 9-10 June 2010.

Author Armitage, Emma
Kelly, John
Quek, Lake-Hui
White, Angela
Title of paper The who, what and why: A clinical profile of young people accessing drug and alcohol treatment
Conference name Australian Winter School Conference
Conference location Brisbane, QLD, Austalia
Conference dates 9-10 June 2010
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Published abstract
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Background: Young people have a higher risk of developing a substance use disorder (Winters & Lee, 2008). In Australia, approximately 21% of young people between the age of 14 and 19 used an illicit substance in the past twelve months (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2005).
However, this population are less likely to seek treatment on their own (Horwood & Fergusson, 1998).

Aim: This study aims to investigate the gap in service utilisation and predictors of treatment participation and retention by examining the profile of clients who are accessing treatment.

Methodology
: Routinely collected clinical data from a Brisbane youth alcohol and drug treatment agency from the past 2 years will be analysed to provide a clinical profile of young people with a substance use disorder. Furthermore, it will also used to examine the strength of demographic factors and drug use status in predicting treatment retention.

Discussion:
The findings of this study will be discussed in relation to current service provision, and will be used to address the implications for future service delivery in a youth population.
Subjects 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences -- Publications
 
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Created: Wed, 23 Mar 2011, 16:28:36 EST by Ms Dayna Smith on behalf of Centre for Youth Substance Abuse