Assessment forms of 670 adolescents referred over four years to an adolescent psychiatric unit were analyzed to establish how they entered mental health care.
The first part of the study examined referral sources ; the second established the appropriateness of referral.
Adolescents were referred via a number of pathways, of which school sources, psychiatric services, and social agencies were prominent.
Interestingly, 60.7% of the referrals were from persons not trained in mental health care.
No significant difference in appropriateness of referral was found between trained and nontrained sources.
Thus, the unique referral base of adolescents in need of mental health care must be recognized.
Although the majority in this study were not mental health care workers, the findings show that their referrals were clinically appropriate.
This suggests that by improving the mental health skills of this sector, the provision of psychiatric care to adolescents could be enhanced.
Mots-clés Pascal : Utilisation, Service santé, Hôpital psychiatrique, Santé mentale, République Sud Africaine, Afrique, Adolescent, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Use, Health service, Psychiatric hospital, Mental health, South Africa, Africa, Adolescent, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0405974
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 25/01/1999.