Psychiatric Hospitalization Among Adolescents
About one in five adolescents has psychiatric disorders that are serious enough to disrupt normal life functioning.1 Since youth with such problems may need intensive treatment, hospitalization continues to be an important part of mental health service provision. However, little is known about inpatient care for this population. Existing research has yielded inconsistent findings.
There are several examples of this inconsistency. For instance, some investigators2,3 suggest that the various psychiatric disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety) are equally likely to result in hospitalization. In other words, when all disorders are taken together, none of them stand out as being especially linked to admission. In short, everyone is at risk. On the contrary, other researchers4–6 found that depressed adolescents are more likely than other youth to be hospitalized. Still other researchers6–8point to conduct or oppositional defiant disorder. Taken together, there is a lack of...
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