Emergency presentations to an inner-city adolescent psychiatric service

Elaine Healy, Swaroopa Saha, Fiona Subotsky, Eric Fombonne

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Abstract

There is little research into emergency presentations in child and adolescent mental health. The purpose of this study was to obtain an overview of number and types of presentations to a inner London child and adolescent mental health emergency service and to determine immediate and longer-term service demands. All available data on 107 consecutive child and adolescent emergency attenders were gathered using a structured data collection sheet. Half of those who presented following an episode of deliberate self-harm were considered to have no mental health disorder though a significant minority of emergency attenders had serious mental health problems. Most attenders were already known to child psychiatry or social services. Prospective study of young people who are already linked in with child mental health and/or social services but who require emergency assessments and interventions is warranted. An understanding of what breaks down in the routine care of these young people would facilitate earlier identification and more effective prevention or early intervention for these vulnerable children and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-404
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Mental Health Services
Social Work
Adolescent Health Services
Child Health Services
Self-Injurious Behavior
Child Psychiatry
Mental Disorders
Prospective Studies
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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology

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Emergency presentations to an inner-city adolescent psychiatric service. / Healy, Elaine; Saha, Swaroopa; Subotsky, Fiona; Fombonne, Eric.

In: Journal of Adolescence, Vol. 25, No. 4, 08.2002, p. 397-404.

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Healy, Elaine ; Saha, Swaroopa ; Subotsky, Fiona ; Fombonne, Eric. / Emergency presentations to an inner-city adolescent psychiatric service. In: Journal of Adolescence. 2002 ; Vol. 25, No. 4. pp. 397-404.
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