Mental Health Problems: Coexisting Substance Use Essay

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Coexisting Substance Use

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Mental Health Problems

Introduction

In this essay I am going to respond to the six questions provided in relation to the article, “Help-seeking for substance use, anxiety and affective disorders among young people: results from the 2007 Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing” (Reavley N, Cvetkovski S, Jorm A, Lubman D, 2010) in comparison to a NZ clinical alcohol and other drug (AOD) cohort which the article is entitled “Coexisting psychiatric disorders in a New Zealand outpatient alcohol and other drug clinical population” (Adamson SJ, Todd FC, Sellman D, Huriwai T, Porter J, 2006) .

Compare the research sample in the article mentioned, with client cohort relevant to a New
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Coexisting Substance Use

&

Mental Health Problems

Introduction

In this essay I am going to respond to the six questions provided in relation to the article, “Help-seeking for substance use, anxiety and affective disorders among young people: results from the 2007 Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing” (Reavley N, Cvetkovski S, Jorm A, Lubman D, 2010) in comparison to a NZ clinical alcohol and other drug (AOD) cohort which the article is entitled “Coexisting psychiatric disorders in a New Zealand outpatient alcohol and other drug clinical population” (Adamson SJ, Todd FC, Sellman D, Huriwai T, Porter J, 2006) .

Compare the research sample in the article mentioned, with client cohort relevant to a New Zealand study.
When comparing the studies in question there are some differences to note. Reavley et al. (2010) reports that the sample size was initially 14,805 prospective participants, but only 8841 completed the interview process. Comparatively the study conducted by Adamson et al. (2006) reports that the research sample was 105, which would suggest that the study done by Reavley et al. (2010) had more validity in regards to results. Furthermore Reavley et al. (2010) had a selection bias in their participants with people aged between 16-24 being the targeted group as this population was who the study was aimed at. Both studies used the World Mental Health Composite International Diagnostic Interview along with the DSM IV for their