Substance Use In Young People

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Substance Use In Young People - Quiz

Jane is a 16 year old girl who is brought into the ED by SAAS. She was picked up in town intoxicated and threatening to harm herself with a blade she had in her purse. Jane states that she had been drinking with friends when her boyfriend left her to go smoke weed with his mates.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Jane tells you that she drinks approximately three times a week, at least 8 drinks on each occasion.   You ask Jane the following question, "Sometimes young people tell me that they drink because it leaves them feeling more confident, is that the same for you?" The purpose of this question is to assess....

    • A.

      How much she likes drinking

    • B.

      What function the alcohol serves

    • C.

      How much she drinks

    • D.

      Who she drinks with

    Correct Answer
    B. What function the alcohol serves
    Explanation
    The purpose of asking Jane if drinking leaves her feeling more confident is to assess what function the alcohol serves for her. This question aims to understand if Jane drinks for the purpose of boosting her confidence, which can provide insight into her motivations for drinking.

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  • 2. 

    Jane tells you that she drinks because that's what her boyfriend does and it helps them get on better.  What function does the alcohol serve for Jane?

    • A.

      Makes her popular

    • B.

      Improves her relationship with her boyfriend

    • C.

      Stops her feeling anxious

    • D.

      Keeps her out of trouble

    Correct Answer
    B. Improves her relationship with her boyfriend
    Explanation
    The alcohol serves the function of improving Jane's relationship with her boyfriend.

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  • 3. 

    You ask Jane, "what happens with your boyfriend at the times when you are not drinking together?", Jane answers that they fight a lot or he pays more attention to his mates. You then ask Jane, "Is it fair to say that drinking together sort of worked well initially to help you get along, then over time it has become trickier? Like with what has happened tonight?" This reflection creates an opportunity to.....

    • A.

      Highlight the long term costs of relying on substances to improve her relationship

    • B.

      Get more information about what they fight about

    • C.

      Provide her with information about the dangers of drinking

    • D.

      Understand more about what she does at school and at home

    Correct Answer
    A. Highlight the long term costs of relying on substances to improve her relationship
    Explanation
    The reflection on whether drinking together has become trickier over time suggests that relying on substances to improve the relationship may have negative consequences in the long term. This creates an opportunity to highlight the potential costs of this behavior and encourage Jane to consider healthier ways to maintain her relationship.

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  • 4. 

    In order to engage Jane and understand the context of her drinking better, what might be important to ask her about?

    • A.

      The story of what happened tonight

    • B.

      Who else she was drinking with

    • C.

      Where her boyfriend is now

    • D.

      Where she goes to school

    Correct Answer
    A. The story of what happened tonight
    Explanation
    To engage Jane and understand the context of her drinking better, it is important to ask her about the story of what happened tonight. This question will provide insights into the events and circumstances leading up to her drinking, helping to understand the reasons behind her behavior and any potential issues or concerns that may have influenced her actions.

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  • 5. 

    To begin with, which are the 5 most important pieces of information to know about Jane?

    • A.

      How much she drinks

    • B.

      Where she drinks

    • C.

      What she drinks

    • D.

      How often she drinks

    • E.

      Has she harmed herself before

    • F.

      Have her parents been informed she is here

    • G.

      Who else is in her family

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. How much she drinks
    C. What she drinks
    D. How often she drinks
    E. Has she harmed herself before
    F. Have her parents been informed she is here
    Explanation
    The 5 most important pieces of information to know about Jane are: her drinking habits (how much she drinks, what she drinks, and how often she drinks), whether she has harmed herself before, and whether her parents have been informed about her current situation. These details are crucial in understanding Jane's behavior, potential risks, and support system.

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