ERIC Number: ED353499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
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Residential Treatment and Hospitalization for Children: Practice Differences and Length of Stay. Florida, 1991.
Rugs, Deborah; Friedman, Robert M.
A saturation sample of child and adolescent residential treatment facilities and psychiatric hospitals in Florida was conducted. A total of 128 facilities completed surveys, with a response rate of 51%. The majority of those who responded were from Child Caring (CC) facilities (55%), Hospital/Intensive Residential Treatment (IRT) facilities (25%), Crisis Stabilization Units/Short Term Residential Treatment facilities (11%), and Other facilities (9%). More Hospital/IRTs reported serving both children and adults in the same facility than did CC facilities. Hospital/IRTs reported seeing a wider range of diagnoses than did CC facilities (such as alcoholism, drug dependence, and eating disorders). The most commonly reported average length of stay for a Hospital/IRT was 1 month and 9 days. The most commonly reported average length of stay for CC facilities was 9 months and 4 days. Program costs and facility capacity were significant predictors of average length of stay for Hospital/IRTs, but not for CC facilities. Hospital facilities differed from CC facilities primarily in the use of the medical model and the number of medical staff employed. CC facilities covered a wider range of facilities than did hospitals, from group homes to therapeutic camps. The two types of facilities appeared to serve similar types of diagnoses, with the most common diagnoses for both groups being conduct disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, adjustment reactions, and anxiety disorders. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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