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NCJ Number: 228411 Find in a Library
Title: Fasten Your Seatbelts: Holiday Issues with Children and Youth in Residential Treatment
Journal: Residential Treatment for Children and Youth  Volume:26  Issue:3  Dated:July-September 20009  Pages:151-160
Author(s): Christopher Cotten Ph.D.
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 10
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines risk factors for holiday-related stress and crisis in residential settings treating children and youth.
Abstract: In the area of holiday-related stress and crisis in residential treatment of children and youth, risk can be conceptualized as rising from three distinct spheres: child vulnerabilities, worker vulnerabilities, and contextual vulnerabilities. Child vulnerabilities are those characteristics individual to a particular child that increase risk and may include developmental, history of loss, religious conflicts, and memories of holidays past. Residential staff members are not immune from the same holiday stress that afflicts their clients. The holiday season brings an increase in client crises, residential units may be short-staffed due to the holiday season, and the pressure of the season may lead some staff to overwork. Contextual vulnerabilities may be social, political, cultural, or environmental in nature. Recommendations are presented to assist residential staff in minimizing the potential for holiday-related stress and acting out. Figure and references
Main Term(s): Juvenile residential treatment centers
Index Term(s): Behavior under stress; Child development; Children at risk; Crisis intervention; Crisis management; Job pressure; Residential child care institutions; Stress assessment; Stress management; Youth development
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