This paper continues the debate, started by George Patton, that a separate adolescent psychiatry is required since many psychotic illnesses begin in late adolescence, and adolescent mental health needs have not been well met by child or adult psychiatry.
Epidemiological studies are used to illustrate that there are many continuities, as well as discontinuities, in the natural history of psychiatric disorders throughout the life cycle.
The paper comments on rational service planning, which requires data on the outcomes of different treatment approaches.
It goes on to explore the implications of a separate adolescent psychiatry for service delivery, including how current service boundaries and the training of psychiatrists might need to change.
An argument is mounted that psychiatrists should take a whole life perspective, rather than further fragment the specialty.
In most Australian States, recent reviews of child and adolescent mental health services are likely to result in increased funding for services to adolescents.
Adult psychiatry needs to attend more to the requirements of older adolescents, and greater collaboration is recommended between psychiatry services for children and adults.
The authors argue for diversity of approaches, and consider that moves towards separate adolescent mental health services may not always be appropriate.
Mots-clés Pascal : Organisation santé, Santé mentale, Service santé, Besoin utilisateur, Epidémiologie, Adolescent, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Public health organization, Mental health, Health service, User need, Epidemiology, Adolescent, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0445910
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 03/02/1998.