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Presented at the 20th Annual Research Conference

Overlooking Deterioration Among Less-Impaired Clients: A Risk of Pre-Post Evaluation Designs

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Session Number: 2000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Deborah Sherwood; Sai-Ling Chan-Sew

All Authors for this paper: Deborah Sherwood; Sai-Ling Chan-Sew; Thomas Bleecker

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: This study compares outcomes for youth who entered an intensive case management program having already experienced a negative event (e.g., arrests, placements, hospitalizations) with the outcomes of youth who had not yet experienced the event but were considered Òat-risk.Ó This less-impaired group does not fit a typical pre-post design because there were no ÒpreÓ events. Outcomes for these less-impaired youth indicated that a disproportionate number deteriorated during or after discharge from treatment. A typical pre-post design would have missed this group of seemingly better-functioning youth. Discussion addresses the conditions under which pre-post design are inappropriate and may obscure important outcomes.

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007

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