The changing mental health needs of youth admitted to residential group home care: Comparing mental health status at admission in 1995 and 2004

Kristin Duppong Hurley, Alexandra Trout, M. Beth Chmelka, Barbara J. Burns, Michael H. Epstein, Ronald W. Thompson, Daniel L. Daly

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Abstract

Youth entering residential care possess significant emotional and behavioral needs; yet, it is uncertain whether these needs have remained constant or are changing over time. This study examined mental health variables from the admission files of 1,047 youth entering residential group home care in 1995 and 2004. Sequential logistical regression analyses revealed that the mental health needs of youth admitted in 2004 were greater than those for youth in 1995 with regard to having multiple psychiatric diagnoses, being prescribed two or more psychotropic medications, and using alcohol or drugs. As such, these analyses should be replicated in other group homes as well as in other placement settings within the system of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-176
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2009

Keywords

  • Adolescent behavior
  • Children
  • Group homes
  • Mental health services
  • Residential programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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