The changing mental health needs of youth admitted to residential group home care: Comparing mental health status at admission in 1995 and 2004
Youth entering residential care possess significant emotional and behavioral needs; yet, it is uncertain whether these needs have remained constant or are changing over time. This study examined mental health variables from the admission files of 1,047 youth entering residential group home care in 1995 and 2004. Sequential logistical regression analyses revealed that the mental health needs of youth admitted in 2004 were greater than those for youth in 1995 with regard to having multiple psychiatric diagnoses, being prescribed two or more psychotropic medications, and using alcohol or drugs. As such, these analyses should be replicated in other group homes as well as in other placement settings within the system of care. © 2009 Hammill Institute on Disabilities.
Hurley, KD; Trout, A; Chmelka, MB; Burns, BJ; Epstein, MH; Thompson, RW; Daly, DL
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