In this program, data pertaining to subjective psychotropic medication experiences from interviews with fifty adolescents treated in Madison’s mental health wraparound program will be presented and discussed. The primary focus of the analysis is the extent to which adolescents express commitment to their medication treatment. “Medication Commitment” is defined as youths’ report that they would continue taking medication even if the decision was entirely their own. Qualitative data pertaining to participants’ general subjective experiences with medication are used to help explain why some youth are more/less inclined to ‘commit’ to medication treatment than others. Also, we will examine which clinical, social, and demographic factors are associated with greater medication commitment. The discussion will focus on the importance of addressing adolescents’ specific concerns about medication and maximizing their participation in treatment decision-making.
Based on this presentation of the results of a mixed method study of adolescents prescribed medication, the learner will be in a position to:
Describe the range of youths’ positive and negative experiences in taking prescribed psychotropic medication and their level of reported commitment to continuing it (in the absence of external pressure).
Identify the experiential, clinical, and socio-demographic factors that correspond with youths’ greater/lesser inclination toward medication commitment.
Recognize the clinical implications of these findings, and potentially utilize suggestions made about helping youth to process their medication-related experiences so that they may feel less ambiguity and ambivalence.
TALLY MOSES, MSW, PHD
Tally Moses, MSW, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on adolescents` subjective experiences with mental illness, stigma, and treatment. The aims of her research are to inform treatment interventions that are sensitive to the developmental concerns and needs of this age group and their caregivers.