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Potentiating “Therapeutic” child and youth care with the Sage Hill Behavior Rating System and its on-line interactive data entry and graphing management information system

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The paper describes the history, development, and rationale of the Sage Hill Behavior Rating System (SHBRS) and explores its relevance and usefulness for “therapeutic” child and youth care work. The details of the scale construction and the scales themselves are presented. Finally, its efficiency and effectiveness as an on-line management information system with many clinical, administrative, and research uses are examined.

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The word “therapeutic” is in quotes because English does not have a word that connotes treating illness by promoting health, in this case normal growth and development. Requests for reprints, copies of the SHBRS, details of the factor analysis, psychometric characteristics of the scale, the interactive data entry and graphing program, and related manuals and other material should be addressed to the author at Sage Hill Camp, P.O. Box 57, Jamaica, VT 05343 (USA). Limited funding is available to provide assistance in the implementation of the system; inquiries should be sent to the same address. The author wishes to acknowledge with appreciation the support provided by the O. P. and W. E. Edwards Foundation for the Sage Hill Programs and the research described here, and to thank Christin Baker for her help over the years of the work and Sandra Jervey for her editorial assistance.

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Durkin, R. Potentiating “Therapeutic” child and youth care with the Sage Hill Behavior Rating System and its on-line interactive data entry and graphing management information system. Child Youth Care Forum 23, 251–273 (1994). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02209089

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