Adolescent therapeutic community treatment – an Australian perspective

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Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, ISSN: 0964-1866, Vol: 37, Issue: 4, Page: 204-212

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Jaimie Chloe Northam; Lynne Elizabeth Magor-Blatch
Nursing; Health Professions; Psychology; Medicine; Education; Social and Behavioral Sciences
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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.