Adolescent therapeutic community treatment - An Australian perspective



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Northam, J. & Magor-Blatch, L. (2016). Adolescent therapeutic community treatment - An Australian perspective. Therapeutic Communities: the international journal for therapeutic communities, 37 (4), 204-212.


Emerald Group Publishing Limited.Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the adolescent therapeutic community (ATC) literature - drawing on studies primarily from the USA with consideration made to the Australian context. Design/methodology/approach - A review of the efficacy research for ATCs is considered, and the characteristics of Australians accessing ATC treatment are discussed in the context of developmental needs. Findings - Similarities are found in what precipitates and perpetuates adolescent substance use in the USA and Australia, and therefore, what appears to facilitate effective treatment utilising the therapeutic community model. Originality/value - The paper provides a valuable perspective for Australian services, and explores the application of the ATC model within the Australian treatment context.

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