ER Intervention Addresses Aggression, Alcohol in Teens

May reduce aggression and alcohol consequences in those reporting issues in past year
By Eric Metcalf
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Aug. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Among adolescents seen in the emergency department and reporting recent alcohol use and aggression, a brief intervention may reduce both aggression and alcohol consequences, according to research published in the Aug. 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Maureen A. Walton, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues analyzed data from 726 patients aged 14 to 18 who presented to an emergency department and reported alcohol use and aggression during the previous year. The patients were randomized to receive a 35-minute intervention from a therapist or delivered via computer, or were given a brochure as a control.

The researchers found that, at three months, those in the therapist-intervention group reported reductions in peer aggression, experiencing peer violence, and violence consequences compared to controls. At six months, the therapist-intervention group had a reduction in alcohol consequences compared to controls. Those in the computer-intervention group also reported reductions in alcohol consequences at six months compared to controls.

"Although computerized intervention seems more likely to be disseminated successfully than a 35-minute expert therapist-delivered session, the computer intervention used in the study by Walton et al affected only one secondary violence outcome (a decrease in being a recipient of peer violence) at one time point. However, the computer intervention was associated with a decrease in alcohol consequences, which is a potentially promising use for this intervention," write the authors of an accompanying editorial.

An editorial author disclosed relationships with Fusion medical education and Saatchi and Saatchi Healthcare and has participated in legal cases involving identification and management of alcohol and drug problems.

Full Text
Editorial (subscription or payment may be required

Copyright © 2010 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Powered by

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles

Blunt Chest Trauma
Journal of Trauma Nursing, November/December 2014
Expires: 12/31/2016 CE:2 $21.95

The School Age Child with Congenital Heart Disease
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, January/February 2015
Expires: 2/28/2017 CE:2.5 $24.95

Understanding multiple myeloma
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2015
Expires: 2/28/2017 CE:2 $21.95

More CE Articles

Subscribe to Recommended CE

Recommended Nursing Articles

Comprehensive Care: Looking Beyond the Presenting Problem
Journal of Christian Nursing, January/March 2015
Free access will expire on March 2, 2015.

Pain and Alzheimer dementia: A largely unrecognized problem
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2015
Free access will expire on February 16, 2015.

Glycemic control in hospitalized patients
Nursing2015 Critical Care, January 2015
Free access will expire on February 16, 2015.

More Recommended Articles

Subscribe to Recommended Articles

Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events