Following Youth After Out-of-Home Placement: Navigating Navigating a Data Collection Obstacle Course.
Ballentine, Kess L. Morris, Ashley N. Farmer, Elizabeth M. Z.
American Association of Children's Residential Centers.
Published: January-March 2012
Residential Treatment for Children and Youth.
Vol. 29, No. 1 , p. 32-47
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As part of a state-wide study of group home care, approximately 500 youth were followed for eight months after discharge from participating group homes. This article discusses challenges of such post-discharge data collection and presents methods and tools for following this highly mobile population. Methods include determining a specific sequence of protocol, designing a concise transferrable form for following youth, and holding regular meetings with all involved staff to problem-solve and develop/revise protocol. Suggestions are made for following this population by youth serving agencies as well as other researchers attempting longitudinal data collection with youth experiencing out-of-home placement. (Author abstract)
mental health services; residential treatment; outcomes; Adolescents; affective disorders; data collection; Adolescents; Child placement; Longitudinal studies; Out of home care