Factors associated with dropout and diagnosis in child and adolescent mental health services

Johnson, Emily, Mellor, David and Brann, Peter 2009, Factors associated with dropout and diagnosis in child and adolescent mental health services, Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, vol. 43, no. 5, pp. 431-437.

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Title Factors associated with dropout and diagnosis in child and adolescent mental health services
Author(s) Johnson, Emily
Mellor, David
Brann, Peter
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry
Volume number 43
Issue number 5
Start page 431
End page 437
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2009-05
ISSN 0004-8674
1440-1614
Keyword(s) child and adolescent mental health
diagnostic categories
dropout
Summary Objective: Dropout from child and adolescent mental health services has ramifications for children, families and the services themselves. Understanding the factors that are associated with dropout for different diagnoses has the potential to assist with tailoring of services to reduce dropout. The aim of the current study was to identify such factors.

Method: A file audit was conducted for all referrals to a child and adolescent mental health service over a 12 month period, yielding 520 subjects for analysis (264 male, 256 female, mean age = 12.6 years). Parent, child and service variables of interest were recorded as were diagnoses, which were categorized into 25 superordinate categories.

Results: Almost 50% of subjects dropped out of treatment. Factors associated with dropout varied across diagnosis, and no factor was associated with dropout for all diagnoses.

Conclusion: There are differences in the factors that were associated with dropout for different disorders. This is a useful finding in terms of understanding and preventing dropout in child and adolescent mental health settings, but more research is needed.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019836

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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