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Profile of young people attending alcohol and other drug treatment services in Aotearoa, New Zealand: clinical file search.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The aim of the present study was to provide a profile of young people attending alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

METHOD

Data were gathered from a clinical file search of 184 randomly selected young people aged 13-19 years who had attended one of eight youth AOD treatment services in New Zealand during 2003 or 2004. These services represented eight of the 11 youth-specific AOD services available to youth in New Zealand.

RESULTS

Young people who attend youth-specific AOD services in New Zealand present with a range of complex needs including substance use and mental health issues, criminality, family conflict and disengagement from school. A total of 62.0% were male, 56.4% had criminal convictions, 40.6% had spent some time in Child, Youth and Family Services care and 53.8% were reported to have a coexisting substance use and mental health disorder. Low rates of reporting of substance use and mental health diagnoses in treatment files suggest that substance use and mental health disorders among this population are likely to be higher than those reported.

CONCLUSIONS

This paper provides a unique profile of young people attending youth-specific AOD treatments in New Zealand. Such information is useful in informing treatment planning and funding and ensuring that service development occurs to specifically meet the complex needs of this patient group.

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    National Addiction Centre, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch, Christchurch, New Zealand. ria.schroder@otago.ac.nz

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    MeSH

    Adolescent
    Alcoholism
    Comorbidity
    Crime
    Cross-Sectional Studies
    Ethnic Groups
    Family Conflict
    Female
    Foster Home Care
    Humans
    Male
    Marijuana Abuse
    Mental Disorders
    New Zealand
    Risk Factors
    Street Drugs
    Student Dropouts
    Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
    Substance-Related Disorders
    Tobacco Use Disorder
    Utilization Review
    Young Adult

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    18941961

    Citation

    TY - JOUR T1 - Profile of young people attending alcohol and other drug treatment services in Aotearoa, New Zealand: clinical file search. AU - Schroder,Ria, AU - Sellman,Doug, AU - Frampton,Chris, AU - Deering,Daryle, PY - 2008/10/23/pubmed PY - 2009/1/17/medline PY - 2008/10/23/entrez SP - 963 EP - 8 JF - The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry JO - Aust N Z J Psychiatry VL - 42 IS - 11 N2 - OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to provide a profile of young people attending alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services in Aotearoa, New Zealand. METHOD: Data were gathered from a clinical file search of 184 randomly selected young people aged 13-19 years who had attended one of eight youth AOD treatment services in New Zealand during 2003 or 2004. These services represented eight of the 11 youth-specific AOD services available to youth in New Zealand. RESULTS: Young people who attend youth-specific AOD services in New Zealand present with a range of complex needs including substance use and mental health issues, criminality, family conflict and disengagement from school. A total of 62.0% were male, 56.4% had criminal convictions, 40.6% had spent some time in Child, Youth and Family Services care and 53.8% were reported to have a coexisting substance use and mental health disorder. Low rates of reporting of substance use and mental health diagnoses in treatment files suggest that substance use and mental health disorders among this population are likely to be higher than those reported. CONCLUSIONS: This paper provides a unique profile of young people attending youth-specific AOD treatments in New Zealand. Such information is useful in informing treatment planning and funding and ensuring that service development occurs to specifically meet the complex needs of this patient group. SN - 1440-1614 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18941961/Profile_of_young_people_attending_alcohol_and_other_drug_treatment_services_in_Aotearoa_New_Zealand:_clinical_file_search_ L2 - http://anp.sagepub.com/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=18941961 ER -