This study examined admission data for differences between two groups of youth in a staff-secure treatment setting: one came from a locked setting within the same integrated continuum and the other came from outside the continuum. Results showed that youth who entered the less restrictive program directly were more aggressive and on more medications than youth who stepped down from the more restrictive setting. Results also showed that while disruptive behavior improved for both groups, there was a smaller group of youth who did not improve during treatment and who were ultimately stepped up to a higher level of care.
- disruptive behavior
- psychotropic medication
- residential care
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health