Behavioral Change Trajectories of Partial Hospitalization Children

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  • David L. Hussey PhD,

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    1. Kent State University and Beech Brook
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      David L. Hussey, PhD, Department of Justice Studies, Kent State University, and Beech Brook, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Shenyang Guo PhD

    1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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      Shenyang Guo, PhD, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Department of Justice Studies, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, Ohio 44242-0001. E-mail: dhussey@kent.edu

Abstract

Forecasting treatment outcomes is essential to improving service delivery. Hierarchical linear modeling was used to construct behavioral change trajectories and help predict treatment responsiveness for 97 partial hospitalization children. Overall, children evidenced statistically significant improvement in psychiatric symptomatology. Younger age, female gender, number of previous out-of-home placements, and lower IQ scores were associated with increased psychopathology and poorer treatment response. Properly configured day treatment can provide an effective organizing platform for implementing complex treatment regimes.

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