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Presented at the 18th Annual Research Conference

Elopement from Residential Treatment by Youth with Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (SEBD) in Hawaii

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Session Number: 1000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Lesley Slavin

All Authors for this paper: Lesley Slavin; Jo Ayers; Alfred Arensdorf

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: Youth with SEBD in residential treatment centers frequently end their stays prematurely by running away. Representatives from state-contracted centers in Hawaii participated in a series of meetings in the spring of 2004 to explore the magnitude of this problem and methods of addressing elopement. Exploration of system data reveled that elopement from residential care is a substantial problem that accounts for close to a third of premature terminations. Interventions found to be clinically helpful fall into several categories: (a) carefully assessing youths' elopement risk, (b) providing external environmental controls, (c) helping youth develop internal controls, and (d) providing positive experiences.


Session Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Presentation Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM