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Therapeutic assessment based on cognitive–analytic therapy for young people presenting with self-harm: pilot study

  • Dennis Ougrin Kraupl-Taylor (a1), Audrey V. Ng (a2) and James Low (a3)
Abstract
Aims and Method

Adolescents presenting with self-harm have poor adherence to community follow-up. Poor adherence is a principal obstacle to treatment delivery and is associated with poor psychosocial outcomes. Therapeutic assessment is a novel method of assessing adolescents with self-harm. We compared therapeutic assessment with assessment as usual in a pilot study of 38 adolescents referred for psychosocial assessment following self-harm.

Results

Significantly more adolescents assessed with therapeutic assessment than with usual assessment attended the first community follow-up appointment (75% v. 40%, χ2=3.89, P < 0.05) and engaged with services (62% v. 30% χ2=4.49, P < 0.05).

Clinical Implications

Young people assessed using therapeutic assessment may be more likely to engage with community follow-up. A therapeutic intervention at the time of the initial assessment might be necessary to enable future therapeutic work.

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Therapeutic assessment based on cognitive–analytic therapy for young people presenting with self-harm: pilot study

  • Dennis Ougrin Kraupl-Taylor (a1), Audrey V. Ng (a2) and James Low (a3)
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