Predictive factors of success for adolescents in a residential treatment facility
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Because of the expensive and ubiquitous nature of residential as a treatment modality, identification of the covariates of length of stay could be useful for identifying cost-effective programs and ensuring that workers place children in the most appropriate level of care. Existing data from a single residential treatment facility located in central New York were used to examine the predictive factors for length of stay. A sample of 43 children and adolescents certified and admitted to residential treatment from 2000-2005 were utilized in this study. Data were collected on demographic characteristics as well as other factors including: (a) number of previous placements (i.e., day school, residential, hospitalization), (b) number of previous accessed support services (i.e., social services, outpatient therapy, home-based services), (c) standard score on the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Inventory (CANS), and (d) Full Scale IQ score. Results of correlation coefficients and multiple regression analyses indicated that these factors are statistically nonsignificant in predicting length of stay. Conclusions and implications for future research are also discussed.