Nation’s First Study of Private Residential Treatment Programs
Shows: Teens Improve at Aspen Education Group
Between August 2003 and January 2006, Aspen Education Group participated
in the nation’s first large-scale study of its kind, measuring the effectiveness of
Aspen’s private residential programs for teens and their families.
The study collected survey responses, both at program admission and then again
at discharge, from 993 young people ages 13-18, enrolled in Aspen’s residential
programs. The study also collected responses from their parents or guardians.
The following are highlights that might prove valuable in evaluating your decision
to enroll your child in a private residential program.
This ground breaking study was conducted by an independent
research company, Canyon Research and Consulting, with oversight
by the Western Institutional Review Board. Results of this study were
presented at the 114th Annual Convention of the American
Psychological Association – August 2006.
Aspen’s Programs Reduce Behavioral Problems
Teens Are Behaving Better As A Result Of Aspen’s Programs
What Parents And Their Teens Told Researchers: At admission to
the program, common behaviors included:
- Rule breaking
Why This May Be Important To You: Both parents and teens
agreed the teens’ behavior was not in the normal range of a typical
teenager prior to treatment. However, at discharge, teens were far
more cooperative, with their negative behaviors diminished to
Aspen’s Programs Reduce Emotional Problems
Aspen’s Programs Help Teens Feel Better About Themselves
What Parents And Their Teens Told Researchers: The majority of
teens entering the program were experiencing emotional problems,
including higher levels of:
Why This May Be Important To You: After treatment in an Aspen
residential program, both parents and teens indicated the teens’
emotional problems had been reduced to a normal range. Aspen’s
programs helped teens develop a better sense of self, providing the
confidence to be less susceptible to peer pressure and other
Aspen’s Private Residential Programs Succeed Where Others Do Not…
What Parents And Their Teens Told Researchers: 95% of the teens
had received prior treatment at other levels-of-care including:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Psychiatric hospitalization
- Use of prescribed psychiatric medication
- Treatment at another residential therapy
program or boarding school
8 out of 10 teens who came to Aspen residential programs previously
participated in individual and/or group therapy.
Why This May Be Important To You: Aspen’s residential programs
provided more than just hope for these teens and their families. Teens
who have not responded to other treatments improve during treatment
at Aspen’s private residential treatment programs.
Better Lives For Teens
What Parents And Their Teens Told Researchers:
Upon admission, teens were experiencing various psychological
and social challenges including:
- Disruptive behavior disorders
- Substance abuse
- Mood disorders
- Learning disorders
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders
Why This May Be Important To You:After enrollment, participation and completion of an Aspen program, there
was dramatic improvement on all measures of psychological and social
issues. In fact, 97% of parents reported that their teens’ overall
symptoms relating to these issues were reduced. These results indicate
that the majority of adolescents change in positive, meaningful and
reliable ways during private residential treatment at Aspen’s programs.
Aspen Helps Families In Trouble
What Parents And Their Teens Told Researchers:
At discharge from the program, both parents and teens reported:
- Better family communications
- Improved personal family dynamics
Why This May Be Important To You: Prior to treatment, teens and their families were showing signs of serious
trouble. Teens and parents weren’t communicating effectively, teens
weren’t complying with family rules and expectations, and the whole
family was suffering. Aspen’s programs brought significant, positive
change to these families.
What this study means for parents. Aspen Education Group recognizes the difficult challenges parents face when considering
a treatment program for their child. Parents often wonder.will a program work for my
child? For our family? This study indicates that, yes, Aspen’s residential programs
do work. They help create better lives for teens, parents and the whole family.
What this study means for students. Aspen’s programs help teens to feel better about themselves, improve their
behavior and develop stronger family relationships.
Read the entire study here (Acrobat Reader Required)
Funding for this study was provided by Aspen Education Group.