Screening and referral of young people into an alcohol misuse programme in North East England: a qualitative evaluation

Gordon, Isabel, Hall, Nicola, Mooney, John, Newbury-Birch, Dorothy and Ling, Jonathan (2019) Screening and referral of young people into an alcohol misuse programme in North East England: a qualitative evaluation. In: KBS Annual Conference 2019 hosted in Utrecht, 3-7 June 2019, Utrecht. (Submitted)

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Abstract

Introduction
Although alcohol intake among young people is decreasing generally, some regions in the UK remain characterized by high rates of alcohol related morbidity in under 18s. Within one such region, the Sunderland Young Persons Alcohol and Drugs Project (YDAP) seeks to provide early brief and complex interventions, as appropriate, to young persons whose adverse life circumstances may increase their likelihood of alcohol-related harm. This study aims to evaluate the YDAP referral process and risk profiling tools for their effectiveness and acceptability and to explore what works best for different groups in which circumstances.
Methods
Qualitative data from semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders and focus groups with service users are being analysed alongside routinely collected referral and outcome data. Influences on effective engagement and the appropriate referrals are being explored with a particular focus on the influence of different referral contexts.
Results
Early qualitative interviews with key stakeholders have highlighted a range of contextual and organisational factors which impact on the effectiveness of the YDAP referral process in appropriately targeting and engaging young people most at risk. Preliminary findings draw attention to the importance of underlying sociocultural attitudes about alcohol use, help-seeking, and engagement with alcohol services. Related influences include perceptions of responsibility, the role of prevention and the value placed on alcohol behaviour change.
Conclusions
Findings will help to inform service development and improve our knowledge of the barriers and facilitators in identifying and reaching young people who are most at risk of alcohol-related harm within different contexts.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Sciences > Health Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing
Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > FHSW Executive
Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Isabel Gordon
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2019 10:25
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 16:08
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/10903
ORCID for Nicola Hall: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0216-512X
ORCID for John Mooney: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6639-8491
ORCID for Jonathan Ling: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2932-4474

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