Volume 11, Issue 4 (1982)
Day Treatment for Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents: Follow-Up and Analysis of the Effect of Placement
Over the years, the term “emotionally disturbed” has been variously defined (Lambert & Bower, 1961; Haring and Phillips, 1962, Hewett, 1968; Graubard & Miller, 1968; Reinert,1976; Woody, 1969). The definitions often have basic similarity but are usually most reflective of the theoretical perspective and/or purpose of the author. The degree of emotional disturbance varies from the individual who has adjustment reactions to situations or to a particular developmental period, to the most severe distortion of reality, which may require hospitalization.Although the current approach in intervention in an educational milieu is in the direction of mainstreaming whenever possible, there are individuals who, because of their emotional difficulties,warrant an intensive day-treatment program for a period of time in order to effect such changes as would allow the individual to return to the mainstream. The philosophy, rationale,and evaluation of such a program will be presented.
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