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Research Shows Successful Outcomes for Treatment

The Edinboro University Department of Social Work, under the direction of department chair Dr. David Pugh, completed a five year outcomes study of more than 2,000 youth and families that received services from Preventative Aftercare, Inc. The program has proven to be extremely effective.

Findings clearly reveal that youth and their families completing the program showed significant improvement from pretest to posttest, and as compared to a no treatment control group, on all the outcomes listed below:

  • Self esteem/self worth
  • Problem solving skills
  • Judgment and insight
  • Personal responsibility
  • Recognition of impact on others
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Adherence to recognized authority
  • Development and use of positive peer supports
  • Use of community supports
  • Contributions to community from citizenship                         
  • Effective parenting skills
  • Enhanced family structure
  • More productive family communication skills
  • Adequate family support systems

In addition, the study concluded that:

  • Home based services also significantly enhanced compliance and progress made by youth on probation and/or receiving drug and alcohol treatment or mental health treatment.
  • Risk was reduced for all youth who completed the treatment program.
  • More restrictive interventions or placements were avoided, as the overwhelming majority of participants (95 percent) were able to remain living at home, with a guardian, or independently as of six months after program completion.
  • Family functioning improved significantly on each of the outcomes listed above from pretest to posttest, and as compared to a no-treatment control group.
  • Families that successfully completed the program, with the involvement of the Office of Children and Youth, made significant progress in meeting case plan goals.


For further program and referral information regarding all Preventative Aftercare services, please contact the Vice President of Support and Community Based Programs at 724-458-9330 x 2101.