ERIC Number: ED033405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Apr-1
Reference Count: 0
Adolescents in Crisis: Clinical Significance of Adolescent Crisis in Outpatient Clinic Treatment.
Christ, Jacob; And Others
Increasingly in the last decade, adolescent patients have come to the attention of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. Characteristically, when a teenager comes for help, he is in a state of crisis. After dealing for two years with adolescents in crisis, the Outpatient Clinic at McLean Hospital has learned to subdivide the great number of adolescents in crisis into meaningful types and categories. The main finding on clinical adolescent crisis is that families are intimately involved in the crisis; that there is family reinforcement. An adolescent in crisis also has to be distinguished from the chronically disturbed adolescent where the crisis is merely the visible peak of larger disturbance which had been hitherto clinically submerged. A four weeks limit is set on treatment of crisis situations. The use of a team approach and information gathering in three different settings is given by means of case examples. Treatment can be given in two ways, either by family treatment or individual treatment. Family therapy is more effective, since often the crisis is symptomatic of a larger family disturbance. (Author/KJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Center for Studies of Suicide Prevention.
Authoring Institution: American Orthopsychiatric Association, New York, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the American Orthopsychiatric Association Convention, New York City, New York, March 30--April 2, 1969