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Front. Public Health | doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00319

The development of instruments to detect indicators of behavioural changes in therapeutic communities: A clinical case study

  • 1Università della Valle d'Aosta, Italy
  • 2University of Turin, Italy
  • 3Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Italy

Clinicians involving in the treatment of adolescent patients should use a valid and efficient psychological assessment. The evaluation of the efficiency in clinical interventions may provide helpful information in terms of cost-effectiveness and may contribute to increase the quality and efficacy of the public services. Despite the importance of clinical and therapeutic interventions, we may observe several aspects limiting the chance in using them. For example, the neuropsychiatry context due to heterogeneous users (such as children and adolescents) makes the replicability of clinical trials difficult in terms of results. Thus, efficient clinical programs and interventions - potentially able to identify specific and long-term effects - need to be defined. In clinical contexts (i.e., therapeutic communities) should be a priority both to manage aspects of emergency/urgency we may observe in adolescents, and to focus on those aspects placed on a timing dimension. The current study reports a description of innovative measures developed specifically for assessing adolescent patients and for tracking psychological features and behavioural changes. Furthermore, a clinical case is examined by using a multimethod assessment including such innovative measures. Clinical implications are discussed. The development and sharing of ‘assessment cultures’ among professionals should represent a priority in improving the effectiveness of therapeutic communities.

Keywords: psychological assessment, Therapeutic communities, psychological functioning, Behavioural problems, adolescence

Received: 31 Oct 2018; Accepted: 16 Oct 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Cristofanelli, Ando' and Ferro. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Agata Ando', University of Turin, Turin, Italy, Agatamariaclaudia.ando@unito.it