Admission and discharge differences for continuum and non-continuum youth in a staff-secure residential program

Gail L. Smith, Amy L. Stevens, Jonathan C. Huefner

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-131
Number of pages14
JournalResidential Treatment for Children and Youth
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • diagnosis
  • disruptive behavior
  • psychotropic medication
  • residential care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Law

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