Adolescent Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment: Clinicians' Attitudes, Values, and Knowledge

Ramona W. Denby, Jesse A. Brinson, Ayala Jessica

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This study examined community-based clinicians' (N1/4294) attitudes, background/experiences, values, and knowledge relating to issues of co-occurring disorders, which occur at a high rate among adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system. Study results reveal that clinicians self-rate their clinical values and attitudes at or above the expected level of competency, but they concede that their skill and knowledge levels are not adequate. Comparison measures reveal that employment setting conditions, geographic region, hours worked per week, and strongly held convictions about the importance of integrated mental health and substance use disorders service delivery distinguish clinicians' co-occurring disorders knowledge levels. Implications are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-74
Number of pages19
JournalChild and Youth Services
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Attitudes
  • Clinician knowledge
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Juvenile justice
  • Mental health
  • Therapist effectiveness
  • Values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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