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PTSS and Mental Health Services Utilization in Adolescents

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This course is based upon material published in the journal European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is available with open access at springerlink.com
 
Abstract: Recent findings from studies on adults show similarities between social anxiety disorder (SAD) and posttraumatic stress in the form of recurrent memories and intrusive and distressing images of earlier aversive events. Further, treatment models for SAD in adults have been successfully developed by using transdiagnostic knowledge on posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS). Studies on adolescents are though missing. The present study aimed at exploring the association between PTSS and SAD in Swedish adolescents. A second aim was to study mental health services utilization in relation to these conditions. A total of 5,960 high-school students participated and reported on SAD, life time victimization, PTSS and mental health service utilization. Socially anxious adolescents reported significantly higher levels of PTSS than adolescents not reporting SAD and this difference was seen in victimized as well as non-victimized subjects. Contact with a school counselor was the most common mental health service utilization in subjects with SAD and those with elevated PTSS. In the prediction of contact with a CAP clinic, significant odds ratios were found for a condition of SAD and elevated PTSS but not for SAD only. Screening of PTSS in adolescents with SAD is recommended. The service of school counselors is important in detecting and helping young people with SAD and elevated PTSS. Clinical studies on SAD and PTSS in adolescents could aid in modifying treatment models for SAD.
 
This course on PTSD symptoms and social anxiety in adolescents is practical for social workers, professional counselors, psychologists, nurses, dieticians and chemical dependency counselors who work with adolescents and need continuing education. This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of the special needs of an adolescent population. It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require clinical course credits and are interested in learning more about PTSD and adolescents.  
 
Authors: Gren-Landell, Aho, Carlsson, Jones and Svedin
 
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding PTSS and adolescents. Specifically, a professional will:
·         Describe clinical similarities between SAD and PTSS
·         Identify the association between PTSS and SAD in adolescents
·         Distinguish mental health services utilization in relation to PTSS and SAD
 
Citation:   Gren-Landell, Aho, Carlsson, Jones and Svedin. (2013). Posttraumatic stress symptoms and mental health services utilization in adolescents with social anxiety disorder and experiences of victimization. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 22:177-184.
 
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