Short-term Admission for Behavior Modification

Jeanette C. Ramer, Dorris E. Tinker, Mark Domoto

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Twenty-four children with behavioral problems were hospitalized for four days for intensive enhancement of their parents’ parenting skills and a behavior modification program. This method was employed as an alternative approach to an ongoing problem. A questionnaire was designed to gauge parent satisfaction with the results. Seventeen children were rated as having improved behavior from four to 36 months after discharge. A standard behavioral checklist was employed before hospitalization and after hospitalization as a measure to document progress in the whole group. There was significant improvement for total disturbed behavior and a decrease on the anxiety scale with a follow-up period of four to 36 months. We conclude that short-term hospitalization is highly successful for carefully selected children with behavioral problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-244
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Diseases of Children
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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