Date of Award

Spring 2008

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Many treatment options are available to children and adolescents with behavioral disorders who seek services from CMHCs. Little research addresses the efficacy of these services.

This researcher examined data from existing clinical records. ANOVA and MANOVA were calculated to determine effects of treatment setting on change in CAFAS and resiliency scores and to determine if any difference in treatment exists between those clients who improved on resiliency and CAFAS scores and those who didn't.

Clients receiving services in the office and natural setting showed greater improvement on BRC risk scores than clients receiving only office-based services. Clients who showed improvement on CAFAS scores received significantly less school-based individual therapy. Clients who showed improvement on BRC scores received significantly less office-based individual therapy.

These results suggest that providing mental health services to this population in multiple settings is more effective than office-based treatment only.