Community mental health centers are actively pursuing evidence-based practices to help serve adolescents with serious emotional disturbances (Painter, 2012) and maintain adolescents in their homes who are at-risk for placement in residential care facilities (Copp, Bordnick, Traylor, & Thyer, 2007). Family preservation programs attempt to improve family functioning and dissuade future out-of-home placement (Diamond & Morris, 2011). The purpose of this study is to understand the relationship between the characteristics and outcomes of at-risk adolescents through secondary data. This study used a theoretical approach of the social learning theory developed by Albert Bandura (1973). The overall research question was as follows: Is there a significant difference between age, gender, and the length of treatment among adolescents in family preservation services? The study sampled 79 completed records of adolescents, age 1117, who received family preservation services in a Southeastern state over a five-year period and discharged from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2014. The quantitative research design was intended to examine the relationship between age, gender, length of treatment, and treatment outcomes of at-risk adolescents using archived data from the Child Behavior Checklist and the Global Assessment Functioning. The results of this study were shared with the administrators of the community mental health center. Excerpts of the written report of this study were discussed in detail with the administrators. This study has demonstrated that the participants of family preservation services experience significant differences in treatment outcomes of length of treatment, but not in age and gender. Implications for service delivery, especially successful completion of services, were discussed. Recommendations for future research are suggested at the conclusion of this study.
|Advisor:||Davis, Constance, Martin, Magy|
|Commitee:||London, Ray, Ring, Robyn|
|Department:||Public Service Leadership|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Social work, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Family functioning, Family preservation services, Home-based services, Intervention, Multi-systemic therapy, Relationships|
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