Date Approved

5-6-2009

Embargo Period

4-19-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Adolescent analysis; Dual diagnosis in adolescence

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to research adolescents with a mental illness and their substance use. The study compared adolescents receiving ongoing psychiatric treatment to those without treatment and their current substance use. In reference to this study, ongoing psychiatric treatment included outpatient counseling and psychiatric medications. It was hypothesized that the adolescents who were receiving ongoing psychiatric treatment, whether it was out-patient counseling or psychiatric medications, were less likely to use substances compared to their peers who received zero psychiatric treatment. It was also hypothesized that the females in the study were less likely to substance use compared to their male peers. There was no significant correlation found between outpatient psychiatric treatment and substance abuse among adolescents with a mental illness. The data ran did not yield any significant results, but there were interesting trends revealed in respect to gender, specific diagnoses, and substance use.

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