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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Robert B. Bloom


The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between selected demographic and clinical variables and the reinstitutionalization rate of emotionally disturbed adolescents.;The population for the study was composed of 88 adolescents discharged from a state mental hospital in Virginia during the 31 month period from June, 1976, to January, 1979. The population was composed of both male and female adolescents, ages 13 to 18. Diagnoses of all types, from transient situational disturbances to acute psychoses, were represented in the study sample.;The data on the nineteen selected demographic and clinical variables was collected by searching all available hospital medical, psychological, social, and educational records.;The design for the study was an ex post facto analysis. No treatments or intrusive methods of any type were employed.;To distinguish statistically between those adolescents who were reinstitutionalized within six months of discharge and those who were not reinstitutionalized within the six month period, discriminant analysis was performed on the data.;The results indicated that there were four of the characteristics which were significant in predicting reinstitutionalization within six months of discharge: (1) educational/job placement at discharge, (2) length of hospitalization, (3) family structure, and (4) hospitalization of a significant family member.



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