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Depressive disorders among adolescents managed in a child and adolescent mental health service


Wiggins, A and Oakley Browne, M and Bearsley-Smith, C and Villanueva, E, Depressive disorders among adolescents managed in a child and adolescent mental health service, Australasian Psychiatry, 18, (2) pp. 134-141. ISSN 1039-8562 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3109/10398560903296657


Objective: The aims were to describe the prevalence and treatment of depressive disorders among case-managed adolescents attending a regional Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Method: An observational study was conducted in a regional CAMHS over a 3-month period. Clinicians recorded treatment of their case-managed adolescents aged 12–18 years at the end of each calendar month. The Health of the Nation Outcome Scale for Children and Adolescents (HoNOSCA) and Children's Global Assessment Scale (CGAS) were collected at the beginning of the study period or at entry into the service, and repeated at discharge from the service or at the conclusion of the study period. Adolescents also completed the Reynold's Adolescent Depression Scale, 2nd edition. Results: Depressive disorders were the most common clinician diagnosis reported (22%). There was no statistically significant difference in treatment for depressed compared to non-depressed adolescents. There was a statistically significant improvement in both the HoNOSCA scores (p <0.001) and CGAS scores (p <0.001) for the whole sample. Conclusion: Treatment appeared to be the same in type for depressed compared to non-depressed adolescents case managed within CAMHS.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:adolescent, child and adolescent mental health services, depressive disorders, outcome assessment, psychological technique
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Oakley Browne, M (Professor Mark Oakley Browne)
ID Code:65329
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2010-11-03
Last Modified:2011-04-19

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