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    Substance Abuse and Adolescents

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    I need some assistance in understanding quantitative and qualitative studies:
    -Develop a research question for your chosen research method that focuses on the impact and/or influence of the clinical treatment. (substance abuse among adolescents)
    - To develop a quantitative or qualitative research question can you complete the following

    OPTION 1: Develop a quantitative research question associated with an experimental (or quasi experimental) design. For example: "What is the effect of Reality Therapy on symptoms of opposition and defiance associated with oppositional defiant disorder in adolescent males?"


    OPTION 2: Develop a qualitative research question associated with a qualitative methodology, such as grounded theory or phenomenology. The following is an example of a question for the qualitative component of your research proposal: "What is the experience of reality therapy for adolescents with symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder?"

    FOR EITHER OPTION: Support your question with a rationale for why it is an important area of investigation, citing at least one scholarly source.

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    Research question: How have adolescent male substance abusers benefited from Play Therapy approaches?

    An important task of clinical science is to determine what treatments will be effective in helping a child with abuse problems such as substance abuse. Research is presented for the need and type of intensity of the treatment will depend of the level of involvement and/or the impairment caused by the substance abuse. In addition, the treatment plan should involve addressing the complex, personal and environmental needs of the adolescent, including any concurrent psychiatric illness, social skills and educational deficits, physical health and family problems (substance abuse comorbidity, Swadi, 2003). Several instruments have been developed and tested specifically for measuring abuse-related concurrent problems and have been tested with abused children. These interventions are designed to evaluate abuse problems frequently experienced by these children.

    In addition, many general mental health measures have been used with diverse child populations successfully, and considered to be clinically valuable, including standardized assessment measures. Research suggests that standardized measures should be considered as part of any comprehensive clinical assessment process (Saunders, Berliner, Hanson, 2003). Examples of instruments that have been used successfully in child abuse cases (including substance abuse) that can be recommended (e, g, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PICT, Dunn & Dunn, 1997). For instance, research is presented to address the sensitivity of adolescents (e.g., Spear, 2000 as cited in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA, 2008) Therapy Treatment Improvement (TIP) Program. Tip was developed as a substance abuse program to aid in ...

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    This solution with over 1000 words describes substance abuse among adolescents, and the treatment intervention of Play Therapy. All references used are included.