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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

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1 online resource (118 p.)


Problem children -- Oregon -- Portland, Teenage boys, Teenage girls




The age-old question persists: Does an agency operated treatment program contribute significantly to a child’s personal development and adjustment following release from the institution? Since it is the agency’s responsibility to weigh the needs of the disturbed child and provide appropriate services according to those needs, their basic question--whether residential treatment or another mode of treatment is more effective--remains unanswered and, in many instances, uncontested. If residential child care benefits the disturbed child, which characteristics of that agency are conducive to the improvement of the child’s behavior and re-adaption? The following study will attempt to isolate such characteristics. We will provide behavior samples of twenty-one emotionally disturbed children before, during, and following treatment at The Parry Center. These behaviors are presented descriptively, and will relate to prior environmental influences (adjustment to home, school, etc.); treatment factors (those conducive to behavior change, those detrimental); and post-residential success. We will also compare these descriptions with The Parry Center’s recent research study: Eighteen Boys…A Descriptive Follow-Up Study (June 10, 1970.).


A report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work, Portland State University.

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