Adolescent Experience of Psychotropic Treatment

Jerry Floersch, Lisa Townsend, Jeffrey Longhofer, Michelle Munson, Victoria Winbush, Derrick Kranke, Rachel Faber, Jeremy Thomas, Janis H. Jenkins, Robert L. Findling

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Despite growing concern over the treatment of adolescents with psychiatric medications, little research has examined youth understandings and interpretations of mental illness and psychotropic treatment. This article reports the exploratory findings of semi-structured and open-ended interviews carried out with 20 adolescents diagnosed with one or more psychiatric disorders, and who were currently prescribed psychiatric medications. Grounded theory coding procedures were used to identify themes related to adolescent subjective experience with psychiatric medications. The categories identified are interpreted as different points of view through which adolescents understand and take action upon their illness concerns; their need for medication treatment; their perceptions of how medications work; their responses to parental and other influences upon medication treatment; and, their everyday management activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-179
Number of pages23
Journaltranscultural psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2009


  • adolescent
  • medication management
  • psychiatric medication
  • qualitative research
  • subjective experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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