ERIC Number: ED306719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
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Return to the Mainstream: Reintegration of Behavior Disordered Adolescents into the Public Education System.
Barack, Robin S.; Gable, Robert A.
The study sought to assess adolescents' school functioning following discharge from short-term placement in a psychiatric hospital. Follow-up data were obtained on 46 students (ages 13-18) discharged during a 6-month period. Conduct disorder (socialized aggressive) and major depression were the most frequent diagnoses. Questionnaire data results showed that 56% of students did not attend the educational program recommended by the treatment team during hospitalization. Although multiple stages of educational intervention were advocated, the majority of behavior disordered youth were excluded from many settings. Among other trends noted were the mobility of the population, greater female stability in educational placement, and the fact that the majority of students were judged to be functioning successfully in their post-discharge school placements. Cited as recommendations are the development of a peer-referenced set of guidelines for determining treatment goals, a functional criterion against which to measure the impact of treatment, and a social referent or standard by which to determine post-treatment adjustment. (JW)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adolescents, Aggression, Behavior Disorders, Clinical Diagnosis, Depression (Psychology), Followup Studies, Mainstreaming, Normalization (Handicapped), Outcomes of Treatment, Program Effectiveness, Psychiatric Hospitals, Student Adjustment, Student Placement
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the National Adolescent Conference on Programming for the Developmental Needs of Adolescents with Behavior Disorders (Minneapolis, MN, September, 1986).