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Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare treatment outcomes: Wediko Children's Services short-term residential treatment program
by Sweeney, Mark T., Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2010, 126; 3397310
Abstract (Summary)

This study examines the effectiveness of treatment in male (n = 89) and female (n = 37) emotionally disturbed children and adolescents (ages 07-18) who have participated in a psycho-educational, short-term residential treatment program lasting 45 days. The data collected has been used to test the hypothesis that participation in the Wediko Summer Treatment Program, a form of Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare, produces statistically and clinically significant reductions of internalizing and externalizing problems as measured on the Youth Self Report and Teacher Report Forms of the Child Behavior Checklist. Results indicate partial support for this hypothesis, though effect sizes were small in all cases. Furthermore, the data were used to test the hypothesis that treatment outcomes will vary based on certain client attributes. Results indicate partial support for this hypothesis, though effect sizes were small in relation to the only two client attributes that were shown to impact treatment outcomes: Gender and Socio Economic Index.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lanthier, Richard
Commitee: Charneco, Dane, Peterson, Rolph, Schwallie-Giddis, Pat, Steen, Sam
School: The George Washington University
Department: Education and Human Development
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-B 71/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Behavioral, Behavioral treatment, CBCL, Emotionally disturbed, Healthcare, Outdoor, Outdoor behavioral health care, Residential, Residential treatment, Wediko, Wediko Children's Services
Publication Number: 3397310
ISBN: 978-1-109-69115-3
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