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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Young People and Substance Misuse

Edited by Ilana Crome, Hamid Ghodse, Eilish Gilvarry and Paul McArdle

Price: £15.00

Members' discount available

Published: Feb 2004

Format: paperback

Number of pages: 240

ISBN: 9781904671015

Young People and Substance Misuse

Substance misuse is one of the most common and serious yet preventable risks to a young person’s health and development. This book provides an overview of the consequences of substance misuse, the interventions and services available, and, most importantly, the way forward for improving treatment and services. Young People and Substance Misuse brings international expertise together with a UK health care perspective. It will give the reader an in-depth understanding of the issues as well as suggesting practical solutions to a problem that affects so many aspects of the well-being of teenagers.

This is a book for all those who need to know more about the options for prevention and treatment – teachers, carers, parents, researchers and policy-makers as well as those working in the criminal justice system, social services and mental health care.
The book includes expert analysis of:
  • Prevalence and routes to drug use.
  • Misuse of illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
  • Parental, family and social influences.
  • Treatment and prevention strategies.


List of contributors
Preface - Hamid Ghodse

1. Introduction
Hamid Ghodse

2. Prevention programmes
Ilana B. Crome and Paul McArdle

3. The epidemiology of substance misuse in young people
Martin Frischer, Paul McArdle and Ilana B. Crome

4. Determinants of substance misuse
Paul McArdle and John Macleod

5. Social influences
Daphne Rumball and Ilana B. Crome

6. Psychiatric comorbidity
Ilana B. Crome

7. Implications of parental substance misuse
Eilish Gilvarry and Ilana B. Crome

8. Health issues
Ilana B. Crome, Daphne Rumball and Mervyn London

9. Young people and smoking
Kate Woodhouse

10. The process of assessment
Ilana B. Crome

11. Treatment
Ilana B. Crome, Paul McArdle, Eilish Gilvarry and Sue Bailey

12. Perspectives on substance misuse in young offenders
Sue Bailey and Ruth Marshall

13. Ethical and legal principles
Carole A. Kaplan and Paul McArdle

14. Developing an evidence-based model for services
Richard Williams, Eilish Gilvarry and Jane Christian

"Our understanding about why young people misuse drugs and alcohol is summarised and described in this excellent book.
...essential reading for children's professionals in health, social care and youth justice services."
Mental Health Practice

"The book underlines the crying need for research innovation but it provides a useful succinct summary of the current state of knowledge, and, as such, it is recommended not just for substance misuse specialists, but also for general child and adolescent psychiatrists who will certainly encounter substance abuse as part of their practice."
- Reviewed by Professor Sir Michael Rutter in Addiction journal

"This extensive and well-written book is an excellent resource, providing essential reading for those seeking a comprehensive insight into the wide-ranging issues affecting the young substance user."
Mental Health Nursing

"Offers a model for the development of services which is so lucid and succinct, that I would deem it essential reading for all providers and commissioners. ...a very welcome addition to the field."
Alcohol and Alcoholism
" This book fills a major gap in the current English literature on reads well as an integrated and well-edited text. ...A very useful book that should be possession of all adult and child and adolescent psychiatrists, and paediatricians."
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
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