Talking to Adolescents May Ward Off Future Violent Behavior and Alcohol Use

Adolescence
Adolescent Behavior

For a period of 3 years, University of Michigan Health System researchers conducted a study of teen patients at the Hurley Medical Center Emergency Department (ED) in Flint, Mich. They gave 3338 adolescents, ages 14 to 18 years, computerized surveys, and those who reported exposure to violence or drinking at least 2 or 3 times in the past year (n = 726) were enrolled in a SafERteens randomized controlled trial, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Along with colleagues, lead author Maureen Walton, MPH, PhD, associate professor in the University of Michigan department of psychiatry and Addiction Research Center, reported these findings in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The team of researchers used motivational interviewing to counsel adolescents about staying away from potentially violent and alcohol-related situations. It was found that these brief counseling sessions “reduced by half the chances that teenagers would experience peer violence or problems due to drinking.”

Details available at:U-M Study: Pep talks to teens in the ER reduce violence, alcohol misuseEffects of a brief intervention for reducing violence and alcohol misuse among adolescents: A randomized controlled trial

This article originally posted at: The Psychiatric Times – http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/

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