ERIC Number: EJ924623
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Investigating the Impact of Strength-Based Assessment on Youth with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders
Cox, Kathleen F.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v15 n3 p278-292 Jun 2006
The trend toward adopting a strengths approach to mental health practice with children and adolescents amounts to a paradigm shift from an emphasis on diagnosing disorders to tapping child capacities and assets toward the achievement of treatment goals. While the potential value and challenges associated with this shift has received ample attention in the literature, minimal research has been conducted to assess the benefits and barriers related to the use of strength-based strategies with youth. Utilizing an experimental design, this author examined the impact of strength-based assessment using the Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale (BERS) with seriously emotionally or behaviorally disturbed children and adolescents. Results revealed that child functioning outcomes were significantly better for youth who received BERS-guided assessment versus the usual deficit-based assessment protocol only when the treating therapist reported an orientation toward service that reflects highly strength-based attitudes and practices. Furthermore, high adherence to the strength-based assessment protocol was associated with significantly higher parent satisfaction with services and lower rates of missed appointments. These findings highlight the importance of accounting for practitioner effects and treatment fidelity in future studies of strength-based practice effectiveness.
Descriptors: Research Design, Behavior Disorders, Rating Scales, Adolescents, Emotional Disturbances, Mental Health, Health Services, Outcomes of Treatment, Therapy, Measures (Individuals), Children, Correlation, Parent Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale