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

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posted on 01.01.2011, 00:00 authored by N Kennair, David MellorDavid Mellor, P Brann
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.

History

Journal

Clinical child psychology and psychiatry

Volume

16

Issue

1

Pagination

21 - 31

Publisher

Sage Publications Ltd

Location

London, England

ISSN

1359-1045

eISSN

1461-7021

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Sage Publications Ltd