Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 219–231

Factors Related to Outcome in a School-based Intensive Mental Health Program: An Examination of Nonresponders

  • Anne K. Jacobs
  • Michael C. Roberts
  • Eric M. Vernberg
  • Joseph E. Nyre
  • Camille J. Randall
  • Richard W. Puddy
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10826-007-9161-2

Cite this article as:
Jacobs, A.K., Roberts, M.C., Vernberg, E.M. et al. J Child Fam Stud (2008) 17: 219. doi:10.1007/s10826-007-9161-2

Abstract

We examined factors related to treatment responders (n = 35) and nonresponders (n = 16) in a group of 51 children admitted to the Intensive Mental Health Program (IMHP). Children’s response to treatment was coded based on their functioning at intake and discharge using total CAFAS scores. Demographic variables, length of treatment, number of diagnoses and medications, and history of physical/emotional abuse or neglect did not significantly distinguish between responders and nonresponders. Nonresponders were more likely to present with a history of suspected or confirmed sexual abuse, internalizing diagnoses, or comorbid internalizing and externalizing diagnoses. Although the small sample size may limit interpretations, our findings indicate treatment programs need augmentation when children with serious emotional disturbances (SED) may be at risk for not responding to interventions.

Keywords

Treatment nonrespondersProgram evaluationSerious emotional disturbanceSchool-based mental health

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne K. Jacobs
    • 1
  • Michael C. Roberts
    • 1
  • Eric M. Vernberg
    • 1
  • Joseph E. Nyre
    • 2
  • Camille J. Randall
    • 1
  • Richard W. Puddy
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Clinical Child Psychology ProgramUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.The Hope Institute for Children and Families; Southern Illinois University School of MedicineSpringfieldUSA
  3. 3.Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA