Family Involvement and Changes in Child Behavior During Residential Mental Health Treatment

22 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2012

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John Robst

University of South Florida

Mary Armstrong

University of South Florida

Norin Dollard

University of South Florida

Lodi Rohrer

University of South Florida

Catherine Batche

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Patty Sharrock

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Steven Reader

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 19, 2012

Abstract

Family involvement is viewed as an important component of the treatment process for youth in residential treatment centers. Administrative data were used to examine the association between family involvement and youth outcomes for a Medicaid-funded residential treatment program in Florida. For this analysis, the sample was divided into two groups based on the number of family contacts per month during the treatment episode; i.e., number of family contacts equal to or less than the median and number of family contacts greater than the median. Results suggest that maternal and paternal contacts were associated with greater improvements in youth functioning, as were the total number of family contacts. Differences between in-person and telephone intervention contacts based on the proximity of the family residence to the program were also explored. Youth that resided in a different county than the residential program had greater improvement in behaviors when the family was involved regardless of whether contact was in-person or over the phone.

Keywords: children's mental health, residential treatment, family involvement, treatment outcomes

JEL Classification: I0

Suggested Citation

Robst, John and Armstrong, Mary and Dollard, Norin and Rohrer, Lodi and Batche, Catherine and Sharrock, Patty and Reader, Steven, Family Involvement and Changes in Child Behavior During Residential Mental Health Treatment (October 19, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2177955 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2177955

John Robst (Contact Author)

University of South Florida ( email )

Tampa, FL 33620
United States

Mary Armstrong

University of South Florida ( email )

Tampa, FL 33620
United States

Norin Dollard

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL 33620
United States

Lodi Rohrer

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL 33620
United States

Catherine Batche

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Patty Sharrock

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Steven Reader

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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