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Evaluating Components of Residential Treatment Success for the Most Complex Youth

NCJ Number
Residential Treatment for Children & Youth Volume: 30 Issue: 2 Dated: April - June 2013 Pages: 119-130
Linda S. Butler, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.; Matthew Richard, B.S.
Date Published
May 2013
12 pages
This study examined demographic and treatment variables of the most highly complex youth in residential treatment.
Residential treatment for youth has an unfortunate reputation due to a paucity of experimentally designed effectiveness studies. To contribute to the literature base and better understand residential treatment's effectiveness, demographic and treatment variables of the most highly complex youth were examined for their association with discharge placement success. Specific treatment variables were identified as being highly associated with discharge to more restrictive environments. Findings provide a way of using clinical treatment response data to better understand residential youth and suggest that familiarity with specific features of treatment may be helpful to supporting successful discharge placements. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.