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NCJ Number: NCJ 241997     Find in a Library
Title: “Okay, What Do We Do Now?!” A Qualitative Study of Transition Home Following Youth Residential Treatment
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Author(s): Jacob Z. Hess, Ph.D. ; Eric Bjorklund, J.D. ; Nikki Preece, L.C.S.W. ; Janet Mulitalo
  Journal: Residential Treatment For Children & Youth  Volume:29  Issue:3  Dated:July - September 2012  Pages:155 to 201
Date Published: 08/2012
Page Count: 47
  Annotation: When a parent anticipates a child's return home from residential treatment, there are many fears of the unknown.
Abstract: When a parent anticipates a child's return home from residential treatment, there are many fears of the unknown. In order to better understand the process of transition from residential treatment to home, 17 families who were identified as having made especially effective transitions home, were queried in 38 separate interviews (14 fathers, 13 mothers, and 11 daughters). These findings were cross-fertilized with insights from another interview study of 125 families. Key themes from these interviews, relevant to successful transition, include (a) transferring groundwork to home, (b) navigating fear and expectations, (c) beginning to trust one's child, (d) caution about threatening social influences (e) structure that works for one's family, (f) an enriching atmosphere at home, (g) parent willingness to change, and (h) the possibility of bounce-back. Overall, the authors observed that families who largely operate out of panic or perfectionism appear, in many cases, to respond in reactive ways that place their daughter at greater risk for experiencing transitional problems. The authors share these findings in order to help professionals and parents facilitate a more comfortable and successful transition experience for youth and families. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
Main Term(s): Juvenile residential treatment centers
Index Term(s): Home environment ; Alternative schools ; Parent-Child Relations ; Juvenile social adjustment ; Family reunification
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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