Mental health service and drug treatment utilization: Adolescents with substance use/mental disorders and dual diagnosis

Tyrone Cheng, Celia C. Lo

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This research is a secondary data analysis of the impact of adolescents' mental/substance-use disorders and dual diagnosis on their utilization of drug treatment and mental health services. By analyzing the same teenagers who participated in the NIMH Methods for the Epidemiology of Child and Adolescent Mental Disorders (MECA) study, logistic regression could be conducted for the data analysis. The results show that any of the following increased the likelihood of adolescents' treatment/service utilization: a dual diagnosis, mental disorders alone, a parent's treatment/service utilization, problematic biological children, adolescent's involvement with police/court system, adolescent having coverage for mental health care, the adolescent being male, and the adolescent living with a single, white parent with a relatively high educational level. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-460
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2010



  • Drug treatment
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Mental health services

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