Accentuate the Positive: Strengths-Based Therapy for Adolescents

Author(s): Eunice Yuen*, Julie Sadhu, Cynthia Pfeffer, Barry Sarvet, R. Susan Daily, Jonathan Dowben, Kamilah Jackson, John Schowalter, Theodore Shapiro, Dorothy Stubbe

Journal Name: Adolescent Psychiatry

Volume 10 , Issue 3 , 2020

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Purpose: The field of psychiatry has conventionally employed a medical model in which mental health disorders are diagnosed and treated. However, the evidence is amassing that using a strengths-based approach that promotes wellness by engaging the patient’s assets and interests may work in synergy with the medical model to promote recovery. This harmonizes with the patient-centered care model that has been promoted by the Institute of Medicine.

Methods: The article uses a clinical case to highlight the attributes of a strength-based model in the psychiatric treatment of adolescents.

Results: Outcome metrics from a number of studies have demonstrated enhanced youth and parent satisfaction and decreased use of hospital level of care with the implementation of strengths-based therapeutic modalities.

Implications: Incorporating strengths-based interventions into conventional psychiatric practice provides a multi-faceted treatment approach that promotes recovery in children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders.

Keywords: Strengths-based, adolescent psychiatry, positive psychology, patient-centered care, health promotion.

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Article Details

Year: 2020
Published on: 21 December, 2020
Page: [166 - 171]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/2210676610666200225105529
Price: $65

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