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ERIC Number: EJ841628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0886-571X
The Problem of Adolescent AWOL from a Residential Treatment Center
Guest, Kimberly M.; Baker, Amy J. L.; Storaasli, Ragnar
Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, v25 n4 p289-305 2008
AWOL behavior of adolescents residing in residential treatment is an issue requiring examination, especially in light of the variety of dangers these adolescents may be exposed to while away from treatment. This study assessed AWOL behavior of three consecutive entry cohorts (n = 234) of adolescents at a large long-term RTC in New York State. AWOL was defined as both (a) running away from the campus and (b) not returning from a home visit. In both cases youth were away from the program without permission. Results indicated that the majority of residents went AWOL at least one time and were equally likely to do so any time within the first 2 years of treatment. Having a history of substance abuse was associated with an increased risk of going AWOL. Areas for future research include replication of the study to help generalize findings and assessment of the effectiveness of interventions to prevent AWOL behavior. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York