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Reunifying Families After an Out-of-Home Residential Stay: Evaluation of a Blended Intervention

NCJ Number
Journal of Child and Family Studies Volume: 24 Issue: 7 Dated: July 2015 Pages: 2079-2087
Jay L. Ringle; Ronald W. Thompson; Mona Way
Date Published
July 2015
9 pages
This article reports on an evaluation of a program for youth (n = 89) in or at risk of entering the juvenile justice system in which they received a unique blend of a behavioral-focused residential care with a family-based, in-home aftercare service.
Results indicate that youth displayed decreased behavioral problems and families practiced improved parenting skills at discharge. Further, at discharge from services, youth were reported to engage in more positive interactions with peers. Follow-up data also suggested that at 12 months post-discharge, these youth had a high rate of remaining arrest-free, were living in a home-like setting, and had either graduated or were attending school. (Publisher abstract modified)