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Curative factors in adolescent day programs: participant, therapist, and parent perspectives

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posted on 23.03.2016, 00:00 authored by N Kennair, David MellorDavid Mellor, P Brann
Adolescent day programs (ADPs) have treatment outcomes as good as, or better than,
regular outpatient treatment for adolescents who present with emotional, behavioral, social,
and psychiatric disorders. However, they may be more costly, and the mechanisms of change
within them are unknown. Identification of the most important curative factors could
enable the streamlining of these programs. This descriptive study examined the perceptions
of curative factors in ADP treatment as rated by 38 participants, 51 of their parents, and
14 clinicians. Findings were variable across informant groups. Adolescent respondents
reported Universality, Acceptance, Learning from Interpersonal Action, Decision Making,
Altruism, Guidance, and Instillation of Hope to be equally the most helpful curative factors
in the program. Clinicians ranked Acceptance to be the most important factor, followed by
Decision Making, Self-Understanding, Vicarious Learning, and Universality. Parents
ranked Acceptance, Universality, Guidance, and Instillation of Hope as being most helpful.
The findings provide directions for the enhancement of ADPs.

History

Journal

International journal of group psychotherapy

Volume

66

Issue

3

Pagination

382 - 400

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0020-7284

eISSN

1943-2836

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, The American Group Psychotherapy Association