Sample Psychology Term paper Assignment on Evaluating Smart Program for Addiction

Treatment for Youth in Short-Term Care Facilities:
The Impact of a Comprehensive Behavior
Management Intervention
Kristin Duppong Hurley, Ph.D.,1,6 Stephanie Ingram, B.A.,2 J. Douglas Czyz,
B.S.,3 Nicholas Juliano, B.A.,4 and Evelyn Wilson, M.H.D.5
Published online: 27 April 2006
We describe a comprehensive program to train emergency shelter staff in effective
methods for dealing with youth who have behavioral and emotional problems;
assess the degree to which staff implemented the treatment approach; measure
the impact of the intervention on shelter-wide incidents such as out-of-control
behavior, runaways, and violence against other youth; and examine pre-post
changes in staff experiences at the shelter via anonymous surveys. Overall, the
short-term shelter staff indicated adequate implementation of the intervention.
The rate of youth incidents at the shelter significantly declined from pre to post
assessment. Direct-care staff ratings of their satisfaction with their proficiency
in behavior management and teaching youth skills increased significantly from
pre to post implementation. These findings suggest that it is feasible to deliver an
effective staff-training program to improve the behavior management and social
skills of youth residing in short-term care facilities within the child welfare system.
KEY WORDS: short-term care; youth shelters; staff development; youth behavior problems;
1Assistant Research Professor, Center for At-Risk Children’s Services, University of NebraskaLincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.
2Research Analyst, National Research Institute for Child and Family Studies, Father Flanagan’s Boys’
Home, Boys Town, Nebraska, USA.
3Senior Team Leader, Child and Family Services, National Resource and Training Center, Father
Flanagan’s Boys’ Home, Boys Town, Nebraska, USA.
4Director of Support Services, Home Campus Programs, Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home, Boys Town,
Nebraska, USA.
5Program Coordinator, Western Regional Training Center, Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home, Hollywood,
California, USA.
6Correspondence should be directed to Kristin Duppong Hurley, 247 Barkley Memorial Center,
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583-0732; e-mail:
1062-1024/06/1000-0617/1 C 2006 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.