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The Psychosocial Needs of Adolescent Males Following Interpersonal Assault

TitleThe Psychosocial Needs of Adolescent Males Following Interpersonal Assault
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMyers RK, Vega L, Culyba AJ, Fein JA
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Date Published05/2017
KeywordsAdolescent, Crime victim, Health service needs, Male, Mental Health, Violence
Abstract

Purpose

We examined the self-identified, postassault psychosocial needs of male adolescents to guide recovery and healing after being seen in an emergency department (ED) for a violence-related injury.

Methods

We analyzed deidentified data from 49 adolescent male adolescents who participated in a postdischarge case management program following a violence-related injury. Descriptive statistics summarized youths' demographic characteristics and self-identified needs and goals for postassault recovery.

Results

Most participants (80%) were treated for nonpenetrating injuries and discharged from the ED (76%). Nearly two thirds of youth reported clinically significant traumatic stress symptoms and 89% self-identified mental health needs following injury. Legal and educational needs were also commonly identified.

Conclusions

Despite experiencing minor physical injuries, assault-injured youth report clinically significant traumatic stress symptoms and recognize postinjury mental health needs. Results suggest that youth-focused early intervention services, particularly related to mental health, are acceptable and desired by youth soon after a violent injury.

DOI10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.02.022