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Aromatherapy, Used as an Integrative Tool for Crisis Management by Adolescents in a Residential Treatment Center


  • Nancy Fowler is Health Services Director, The Jefferson School, A Program of Sheppard Pratt Health System, Jefferson, MD.

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PROBLEM: Little is known about the acceptance and effectiveness of aromatherapy as a complementary support for agitated and aggressive adolescents.

METHODS: Chi-square test was applied to satisfaction surveys, administration records of p.r.n. medication, aromatherapy, and seclusion/ restraint data.

FINDINGS: Seventy-seven percent of the population accepted and used aromatherapy for crisis management. A trend indicates this population uses less p.r.n. medication for crisis management.

CONCLUSIONS: This adolescent population was receptive to using less invasive tools for crisis management. A longitudinal study is needed to determine the long-term efficacy of this treatment modality.