Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education




Dr. Alan Leschied


This- study examined the differences upon intake between children who improved and

those who did not improve during a follow-up period that extended for two years after their placement in a residential treatment facility. Participants included 201 children (155 males, 46 females) accepted for residential treatment at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI), a tertiary care facility for children with mental health difficulties. The findings indicate that pretreatment measures of conduct disorder and negative behaviour towards others predict elevated conduct scores at six-months post-discharge; Anxiety and

substance use predict conduct scores below clinical level at six-months post-discharge. Co-morbid conduct and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder predict elevated conduct scores at six-months and two-years post-discharge, and substance-use predicts elevated conduct scores and police involvement at two-years post-discharge. These findings are discussed as they relate to both clinical and policy issues related to seriously emotionally disordered children who are placed in residential treatment.



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