Webinar: 'Adolescent Social Isolation and Loneliness'

Washington DC, United States,

Being socially disconnected or perceiving the absence of companionship and support can have a large effect on health and mortality risk for adolescents. This presentation will explore factors that lead to social isolation and loneliness; will determine how both physical and emotional health can be influenced; and will discuss ways to improve social integration and support in order to improve outcomes and life satisfaction for adolescents.

Logging into Therapy: Adolescent Perceptions of Online Therapies for Mental Health Problems

Sweeney, G. M., Donovan, C. L., March, S., & Forbes, Y. (2019). Logging into therapy: Adolescent perceptions of online therapies for mental health problems. Internet interventions, 15, 93-99.
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This study describes adolescent attitudes towards online therapies and explores the factors that predict these attitudes.

Is Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Effective for Addressing Substance Use among Adolescents?

Inman, D., El-Mallakh, P., Jensen, L., Ossege, J., & Scott, L. (2020). Addressing Substance Use in Adolescents: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 16(1), 69-73.

Nicotine, alcohol and marijuana are the most widely used substances among adolescents. These substances, however, can have serious negative consequences for brain development, making substance use among adolescents a major public health issue.

Use of E-cigarettes and Smoked Tobacco in Youth Aged 14–15 Years in New Zealand

Walker, N., Parag, V., Wong, S. F., Youdan, B., Broughton, B., Bullen, C., & Beaglehole, R. (2020). Use of e-cigarettes and smoked tobacco in youth aged 14–15 years in New Zealand: findings from repeated cross-sectional studies (2014–19). The Lancet Public Health.

Globally, the number of young people using e-cigarettes is rising. There is an ongoing debate as to whether vaping acts as a gateway for cigarette use later in life. The long term consequences remain unclear, and some argue we are seeing a new generation addicted to nicotine in a different form.

A recent study conducted in New Zealand has examined the latest trends in adolescent cigarette and e-cigarette use from 2014 to 2019.