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Transitional Age Youth with Serious Mental Illness: High Acuity Patients Requiring Developmentally Informed Care in the Inpatient Hospital Setting

[ Vol. 8 , Issue. 3 ]

Author(s):

Timothy Van Deusen*, Cynthia Wilson, Hyun Jung Kim, Zheala Qayyum, Hun Millard and Susan Parke   Pages 231 - 240 ( 10 )

Abstract:


Background: Transitional Age Youth (TAY), the period between 15-25 years old, is now recognized as a unique developmental stage and a highly vulnerable time period for the onset of Serious Mental Illness (SMI).

Objective: The study aimed to inform readers about TAY with SMI to improve recognition of their developmental needs and improve patient care.

Methods: The authors describe their work with TAY experiencing SMI on inpatient psychiatric units by citing case examples that illustrate individual treatment issues, the level of family involvement in care, and social/systems based practice.

Results: TAY patients with SMI are more likely to adhere to ongoing psychiatric care when their developmental needs are addressed while in an acute inpatient setting.

Conclusion: Focusing on mental health needs of TAY while applying a developmental perspective can improve patient care and compliance to treatment.

Keywords:

Transitional Age Youth (TAY), Serious Mental Illness (SMI), developmental perspective, biopsychosocial formulation, treatment issues, clinical case.

Affiliation:

Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, West Haven Mental Health Clinic, 270 Center St., West Haven, CT, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, West Haven Mental Health Clinic, 270 Center St., West Haven, CT, Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, West Haven Mental Health Clinic, 270 Center St., West Haven, CT, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, West Haven Mental Health Clinic, 270 Center St., West Haven, CT, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, West Haven Mental Health Clinic, 270 Center St., West Haven, CT



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