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Keywords:

  • intervention;
  • psychosis;
  • risk;
  • youth

Abstract

Aim

The objective of this study was to investigate the treatment preferences of adolescents with a first-episode psychosis (FEP) or at-risk mental state (ARMS) for psychosis.

Methods

A questionnaire was distributed to all adolescents (12–18 years) within an early intervention in psychosis service based in North-East England, during a 3-month period.

Results

Forty eligible young people responded (53% response rate). The majority of FEP and ARMS participants endorsed psychoeducational material as the most popular treatment choice (36/40; 90%) from the interventions described. Participants with FEP indicated a significant preference for using antipsychotic medications over their ARMS counterparts (75% vs. 25%).

Conclusions

These findings support the use of psychoeducational interventions (both groups) and antipsychotic medication in adolescent FEP (as opposed to ARMS) patient groups, albeit in a small sample requiring replication. This study indicates that the generation of future treatment guidelines and the allocation of clinical resources should be informed by patient preference where possible.