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Day treatment for disruptive behaviour disorders: can a short-term program be effective?

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  • 1IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia. susan.jerrott@iwk.nshealth.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The present study investigates the effectiveness of a short-term day treatment program for children with a primary diagnosis of a Disruptive Behaviour Disorder (DBD) using best-practice treatment strategies. This study, using a wait list control, compared children's admission and discharge test scores on standardized measures of behaviour and functioning, as rated by parents.

METHOD:

A repeated measures MANOVA was used to evaluate symptom change.

RESULTS:

The treatment group was found to have improved significantly more than the waitlist group on parent reports of externalizing behaviour, aggression, social problems, hyperactivity and parent stress.

CONCLUSIONS:

Children with DBD who attended a short-term day treatment program using best-practice treatment strategies showed significant improvement in their behaviour at home. The current study lends support to the idea that severe DBD can be treated using multi-modal, intensive and evidence-based treatment techniques.

KEYWORDS:

children; day treatment; disruptive behaviour disorders; treatment outcomes

PMID:
20467544
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PMCID:
PMC2868554
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