Outpatient Treatment as an Alternative to Residential Treatment or Inpatient Hospitalization
The clinician who is faced with the need to recommend a particular treatment modality for a severely emotionally or behaviorally disturbed youngster often faces a dilemma. Severely disturbed children may benefit from intensive services in an outpatient setting or may require hospitalization or residential treatment. There are few guidelines and little research to aid the clinician in his or her informed recommendations to these youngsters and their families. Clinical impression, a useful but not infallible tool, is what is most often used in making these types of recommendations.
KeywordsChild Abuse Residential Treatment Conduct Disorder Child Psychiatry Antisocial Personality Disorder
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