Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 487–497 | Cite as

Parental involvement and the effectiveness of an adolescent day treatment program

  • Timothy A. Waugh
  • Diane L. Kjos


Results on an outcome study with adolescents in a partial hospitalization program reflect parental involvement during the treatment process. The study compared behavioral outcomes of adolescent patients with high parental involvement with outcomes of adolescent patients with low parental involvement. The partial hospitalization program led to improvement for adolescents aged 13–17 years with significant differences for improvement by parental involvement. Improvements were in primary function areas, school and home as perceived by the adolescent, and in a reduction in severity level and total pathology as rated by the parent. Further, adolescents with high parental involvement were less likely to need rehospitalization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy A. Waugh
    • 1
  • Diane L. Kjos
    • 2
  1. 1.Adolescent Partial Hospilalization ProgramRiverside Medical CenterManteno
  2. 2.Psychology and CounselingGovernors State UniversityUniversity Park

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