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Research Shows Successful Outcomes for Treatment

evidence supported

The program is "A demonstrated success in community-based programming."  Dr. David Pugh

The Preventative Aftercare program meets promising practice status and is considered evidence supported.  The Edinboro University Department of Social Work, under the direction of department chair Dr. David Pugh, completed a formal five year outcomes study of more than 2,000 Preventative Aftercare youth and families in three states.  The program evaluation found success in all defined areas for outcome.  The study concluded that risk was reduced for all children who completed the program and more restrictive placements were avoided as the overwhelming majority of participants (95%) were able to remain living at home, with a guardian, or independently as of six months after program completion.  Additionally, the vast majority of children and families who completed the program remained intact as a family as of the twelve-month follow-up, or children of age were ready and able to live independently.

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