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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 3/2006

01-06-2006

Investigating the Impact of Strength-Based Assessment on Youth with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders

Auteur: Ph.D., L.C.S.W Kathleen F. Cox

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 3/2006

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Abstract

The trend toward adopting a strengths approach to mental health practice with children and adolescents amounts to a paradigm shift from an emphasis on diagnosing disorders to tapping child capacities and assets toward the achievement of treatment goals. While the potential value and challenges associated with this shift has received ample attention in the literature, minimal research has been conducted to assess the benefits and barriers related to the use of strength-based strategies with youth. Utilizing an experimental design, this author examined the impact of strength-based assessment using the Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale (BERS) with seriously emotionally or behaviorally disturbed children and adolescents. Results revealed that child functioning outcomes were significantly better for youth who received BERS-guided assessment versus the usual deficit-based assessment protocol only when the treating therapist reported an orientation toward service that reflects highly strength-based attitudes and practices. Furthermore, high adherence to the strength-based assessment protocol was associated with significantly higher parent satisfaction with services and lower rates of missed appointments. These findings highlight the importance of accounting for practitioner effects and treatment fidelity in future studies of strength-based practice effectiveness.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Investigating the Impact of Strength-Based Assessment on Youth with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders
Auteur
Ph.D., L.C.S.W Kathleen F. Cox
Publicatiedatum
01-06-2006
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 3/2006
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-006-9021-5

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