Evaluating the outcomes of adolescent day programs in an Australian child and adolescent mental health service

Kennair, Nicola, Mellor, David and Brann, Peter 2011, Evaluating the outcomes of adolescent day programs in an Australian child and adolescent mental health service, Clinical child psychology and psychiatry, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 21-31.

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Title Evaluating the outcomes of adolescent day programs in an Australian child and adolescent mental health service
Author(s) Kennair, Nicola
Mellor, David
Brann, Peter
Journal name Clinical child psychology and psychiatry
Volume number 16
Issue number 1
Start page 21
End page 31
Total pages 11
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011-01
ISSN 1359-1045
1461-7021
Keyword(s) adolescent day programs
child and adolescent mental health service
mental health problems
Summary Adolescent day programs (ADPs) are an increasingly used approach to treating adolescents with mental health issues. However, there is a dearth of studies empirically examining the outcomes of adolescent day programs. This study retrospectively examined the mental health functioning of 84 adolescents, pre- and post-treatment, who in addition to their ongoing outpatient treatment had participated in an ADP during a five-year period. Their functioning was compared to matched adolescents who participated only in outpatient treatment during the same time period. Statistical and clinical examinations revealed the reported outcomes following ADP treatment were at least comparable, and sometimes significantly better, when compared to the reported outcomes following outpatient treatment excluding ADP involvement. This study, while having some methodological shortcomings, provides some evidence for the efficacy of ADPs.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Sage Publications Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30038866

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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