Diagnosis and Placement Variables Affecting the Outcome of Adolescents with Behavioral Disorders

Mary A. Peterson, George Fox University
Mark Scanlan


The treatment of adolescents with behavior disorders represents significant challenges. This article reviews some of the most effective behavioral and pharmacological treatments identified in the research. The study used outcome data from a residential treatment program to identify variables that predicted level of functioning post-discharge. Significant variables included diagnosis (mood vs. behavior disorder spectrum), co-morbidity and discharge placement.