Date of Award


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Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

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1 online resource (68 p.)


Adolescent psychiatry, Mental depression




Concerned that depression might be a common malady among youth who are placed in treatment centers for delinquents, we undertook an exploratory study to determine the validity of this premise. The authors of this study have all worked with youth who, for various reasons, have been placed in residential treatment centers. The authors have observed that symptoms of depression seem to be more prevalent in these youth than in non-institutionalized adolescents, and that these symptoms are often perceived as individual pathology rather than emotional responses common to institutionalized youth. We thus began questioning if these were common emotional responses, and if they were common in males and females in a number of treatment centers. We were interested in knowing if the youth do in fact become more, depressed after being admitted to a treatment center, and if they do, at what point in their stay at the center this occurs.


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

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