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
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
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)