Young People. Case Vignette. Your patient, Sue, confides in you about her son: “I was putting Jason’s clothes away in his drawer a few days ago, and I found a bong.” She asks you, “How concerned should I be? What do I say to him?” What may be Sue’s main concerns?
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Your patient, Sue, confides in you about her son:
“I was putting Jason’s clothes away in his drawer a few days ago, and I found a bong.”
She asks you, “How concerned should I be? What do I say to him?”
What may be Sue’s main concerns?
What are your main concerns?
What would you advise?
A ‘young person’ is internationally accepted as someone aged between 10 and 24 years.
World Health Organization
"Try and imagine what it must feel like from the teenager's point of view to have your recreational activities (in this case drug taking) constantly criticised by other people.Imagine how you would feel if someone was constantly moralising to you about…lawn bowling or gardening, and saying what ridiculous activities they are (as some people do). Imagine also that these were important sources of entertainment and satisfaction for you. It wouldn't take very long to switch off, would it? And it doesn't take teenagers long to switch off either."
It is critical for GPs not to appear ‘parental’ if they are to engage the young person.
Palin & Beatty (2000, p. 25)
Recent Australian research of people aged 12–24 years identified 6 attitudinal groups that varied in their attitudes to and usage of drugs and their motivations for behaviour in relation to drugs
truancy / absenteeism
drug centred behaviour
Indicators of Regular Drug Usein Young People
Physical and mental health
Current high-risk practices
Strive to achieve the basic elements of a brief intervention with young people:
Fors & Jarvis (1995); Gerard & Gerard (1999)