Young Women's Perspectives of Their Adolescent Treatment Programs: A Qualitative Study

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Feb 22;15(2):373. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15020373.


The perspectives of at-risk adolescent clients can play an important role in informing treatment services. The current study examines qualitative interview data from 15 young women with histories of maltreatment. Using a semi-structured qualitative interview approach, we asked the women to think retrospectively about their treatment experiences as adolescent girls. Results highlight the need for providing adolescent girls with reliable and practical information about risky sexual behavior and drug use from relatable and trustworthy helping professionals. We discuss strategies for developing and maintaining trust and delivering specific content.

Keywords: child abuse; health risking sexual behavior; mental health; services for adolescents; substance use; teenage pregnancies; unwanted pregnancies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Adult
  • Child Abuse / psychology*
  • Exposure to Violence / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, Unwanted / psychology*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk-Taking
  • Self Concept*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology*
  • Trust / psychology*
  • Young Adult