|Title||The Psychosocial Needs of Adolescent Males Following Interpersonal Assault|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Myers RK, Vega L, Culyba AJ, Fein JA|
|Journal||Journal of Adolescent Health|
|Keywords||Adolescent, Crime victim, Health service needs, Male, Mental Health, Violence|
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.
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.
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.
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.