Associate Professor Barbara Rittner and Research Professor Tom Nochajski publish article "Factors associated with admission to a day school treatment program"
Congratulations to Associate Professor Barbara Rittner, Research Professor Tom Nochajski and co-author Rebekah Crofford on the publication of their article "Factors associated with admission to a day school treatment program," in Evidence-Based Social Work.
Crofford, R., Rittner, B. & Nochajski, T. (2013). Factors associated with admission to a day school treatment program. Evidence-Based Social Work.
In this study the authors examine the individual and family characteristics of youth (N = 105) admitted over a five year period to a day school treatment program in a western New York community. All had exhausted alternative school placements within their home school districts and had a history of severe emotional or behavioral problems. Consistent with national patterns, more males (78%) than females were admitted, but in contrast to national trends, more Caucasians (63.8%) than students of color (36.2%) were admitted. Most lived in female headed single-parent households (51.4%). A few were foster children living with relatives or in non-relative foster homes (14.3%). Poverty was common with 45.7% of these youth eligible for free lunches. Most were on psychotropic medications (57.1%) and had histories of outpatient (62.9%) and inpatient hospitalizations (23.6%) at admission. Involvement in the juvenile justice system was common with nearly a quarter involved in the juvenile justice system (n = 25; 23.8%).
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