Adapting Personality-Targeted Interventions for Reducing the Risk of Substance Use and Mental Health Problems in Youth in Child Welfare System. This study is supported by a CIHR Fellowship to Dr. Hanie Edalati and the following Research Chair to Dr. Patricia Conrod: Fondation Julien/Marcelle et Jean Coutu en Pediatrie Sociale en Communaute de l’Universite de Montreal.
Substance use problems are a major concern in adolescents involved in the child welfare system. There is an enormous gap between the needs and availability of interventions for youth with substance use problems in the child welfare system (Edalati & Conrod, 2017), with less than 10% of youth in need receiving interventions (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009). In a recent article, we reviewed the evidence that indicated targeting personality risk profiles is a promising strategy for reducing substance use problems and increasing resilience in this population (Edalati & Conrod, 2017).
Adolescents are recruited from Batshaw Youth and Family Centres (N = 100, aged 14 to 17). Adolescents will be invited to receive two brief group-based intervention sessions which target their dominant personality profile. Adolescents will be assessed before and after receiving the interventions (3-month and 6-month intervals) to examine the effects of interventions on reduction of substance use problems and improving the mental health outcomes (See Figure 1).