Group Care Worker Behavior and Adolescents’ Internalizing and Externalizing Problems in Compulsory Residential Care
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SourceResidential Treatment for Children and Youth, 28, 3, (2011), pp. 232-250
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SW OZ BSI OGG
Residential Treatment for Children and Youth
In the present study, group care workers' behavior toward adolescents' problem behavior was measured. The sample consisted of 126 adolescents (M age = 15.80, SD = 1.23, 56% boys), residing in a new Dutch compulsory residential treatment program. Latent growth curve analyses revealed that group care workers exerted more structuring and controlling behavior toward adolescents with externalizing problems and more warmth and support toward adolescents with internalizing problems. No associations were found between group care workers' behavior and the adolescents' treatment progress. Clinical implications of these findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.
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