M.A. in School Psychology
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Adolescent analysis; Dual diagnosis in adolescence
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.
Short-Giles, Kristin, "The prevalence of substance abuse in adolescents with a mental illness and the efficacy of on-going psychiatric treatment" (2009). Theses and Dissertations. 1076.