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Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp 615–630 | Cite as

Treatment for Youth in Short-Term Care Facilities: The Impact of a Comprehensive Behavior Management Intervention

  • Kristin Duppong Hurley
  • Stephanie Ingram
  • J. Douglas Czyz
  • Nicholas Juliano
  • Evelyn Wilson
Article

We describe a comprehensive program to train emergency shelter staff in effective methods for dealing with youth who have behavioral and emotional problems; assess the degree to which staff implemented the treatment approach; measure the impact of the intervention on shelter-wide incidents such as out-of-control behavior, runaways, and violence against other youth; and examine pre-post changes in staff experiences at the shelter via anonymous surveys. Overall, the short-term shelter staff indicated adequate implementation of the intervention. The rate of youth incidents at the shelter significantly declined from pre to post assessment. Direct-care staff ratings of their satisfaction with their proficiency in behavior management and teaching youth skills increased significantly from pre to post implementation. These findings suggest that it is feasible to deliver an effective staff-training program to improve the behavior management and social skills of youth residing in short-term care facilities within the child welfare system.

KEY WORDS:

short-term care youth shelters staff development youth behavior problems outcomes 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristin Duppong Hurley
    • 1
    • 6
  • Stephanie Ingram
    • 2
  • J. Douglas Czyz
    • 3
  • Nicholas Juliano
    • 4
  • Evelyn Wilson
    • 5
  1. 1.Center for At-Risk Children's ServicesUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA
  2. 2.National Research Institute for Child and Family StudiesFather Flanagan's Boys’ HomeBoys TownUSA
  3. 3.Child and Family ServicesNational Resource and Training Center, Father Flanagan's Boys’ HomeBoys TownUSA
  4. 4.Home Campus ProgramsFather Flanagan's Boys’ HomeBoys TownUSA
  5. 5.Western Regional Training CenterFather Flanagan's Boys’ HomeHollywoodUSA
  6. 6.247 Barkley Memorial CenterUniversity of NebraskaNEUSA

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