RTCs play an increasingly significant role in the continuum of treatment of emotionally disturbed adolescents. However, outcome research in this area has lagged behind the growth of treatment centers. More specifically, there has been very little investigation of the relative efficacy of the many different aspects of residential treatment, which are referred to as mechanisms of change in other research. The present study attempts to develop a phenomenological understanding of RTC patients' experience of all of the interventions that make up residential treatment. Results suggest that patients view social support, non-therapist staff members, family involvement and family therapy, as most prominent in their change process. Patient articulations indicate that they are able to understand a great deal about the importance of multi-modal treatment, and the importance of receiving a broad range of treatment interventions. Limited four year follow-up data is also included.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Psychology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Money, Tyler Adam, "Adolescent girls' perception of residential treatment centers: A qualitative study of how treatment works" (2007). All Theses and Dissertations. 1611.
residential treatment, outcome, qualitative, follow-up, adolescent