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Presented at the 20th Annual Research Conference

Outcomes in Residential Care vs. Intensive In-Home Therapy: A Propensity Score Analysis

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Session Number: 14 Room: Salon H

Presenting: Richard Barth; Sarah Hurley; Tim Goldsmith

All Authors for this paper: Richard Barth; Sarah Hurley; Tim Goldsmith

Presentation Type: paper presentation

Synopsis: The study tests whether intensive in-home therapy (IIHT) derived from Multisystemic Therapy is more effective than residential care (RC) for behaviorally difficult youth. Propensity score matching identified matched pairs of youth (n = 684) with equivalent propensity for RC. Logistic regression was conducted on outcome differences at one-year post-discharge. IHHT recipients had a greater tendency (.615) toward living with family, making progress in school, not experiencing trouble with the law, and placement stability than RC youth (.558; p < .10), suggesting that IIHT is at least as effective for achieving positive outcomes. Given IIHTĂ•s reduced restrictiveness and cost, it should be considered best practice.

Date: Monday, March 5, 2007

Session Time: 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Presentation Time: 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM