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ERIC Number: EJ1096993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Differential Outcomes in Agency-Based Mental Health Care between Minority and Majority Youth
Patterson, David A.; Dulmus, Catherine N.; Maguin, Eugene; Perkins, Jacob
Research on Social Work Practice, v26 n3 p260-265 May 2016
Background: Childhood mental health problems represent a significant public health concern globally. There is a converging discussion among researchers and practitioners alike that the research results of effectiveness studies are not fully generalizable and applicable to ethnoracial minority groups in real-world practice settings. Methods: Archival data on discharges from eight residential programs for children and youth aged 5-18 and operated by a large, child and family human services agency were analyzed to identify the relationship between client demographics and treatment outcomes. Results: Minority status was associated with lower odds of treatment success and higher odds of disengagement from treatment. Discussion: The results found that minority youth in residential programs had less favorable outcomes, in terms of both disengagement from treatment and a successful discharge, than White youth. This study calls into question whether current treatments are reaching and best serve ethnoracial minority groups in real-world practice settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 7K23AA01768404