Implementing a salutogenic treatment model in a clinical setting of emergency child and adolescent psychiatry in Sweden

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Problem: Emergency care in child and adolescent psychiatry often lacks a coherent treatment model. This study reports on the development and implementation of a salutogenic treatment model at the Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Emergency Unit in Malmö, Sweden. Methods: The development and implementation involved all staff categories and was guided by a recognized authority on salutogenesis. Generalized resistance resources (GRR) were identified that could be implemented at the unit to improve patients’ sense of coherence. Findings: Eight GRR were developed and implemented at the unit. During the 6-month period following the implementation, patients (n = 41) and parents reported satisfaction with the treatment, while mental health improved between admission and discharge, and both treatment length and readmission rates were reduced. Conclusion: A salutogenic treatment model involving GRR seems to be a promising approach in child and adolescent psychiatric emergency treatment.


External organisations
  • Skåne University Hospital
  • Malmö University
  • Vuxenpsykiatrimottagning Eslöv
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Psychiatry


  • adolescent, emergency care, generalized resistance resources, psychiatry, salutogenesis
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-86
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch