Psychotropic Medication Use for Youth in Residential Treatment: A Comparison Between Youth with Monopharmacy Versus Polypharmacy

Annette K. Griffith, Jacqueline Huscroft-D'Angelo, Michael H. Epstein, Nirbhay N. Singh, Jonathan C. Huefner, Robert Pick

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Abstract

At the time of entry into residential treatment, many youth have prescriptions for one or more psychotropic medications. It is not well understood why some youth are prescribed only one psychotropic medication while others may be prescribed more. We sought to determine if differences existed between youth entering residential treatment with monopharmacy (n = 77) versus youth entering with polypharmacy (n = 103). Youth were compared across demographic, family, behavioral, mental health, and psychotropic medication variables. The only significant differences identified were related to the numbers of youth with prescriptions across the different psychotropic classes. As would be expected, youth experiencing polypharmacy were more likely to have prescriptions within each class. Implications, limitations, and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-802
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010

Keywords

  • Monopharmacy
  • Polypharmacy
  • Psychotropic medication
  • Residential treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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