Surviving the "Yellow Door" - An Analysis of Post-Treatment Psychosocial Resilience

dc.contributor.advisorGraham, Reiko
dc.contributor.authorKoller, Adrienne M.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRoundtree, Aimee K.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSeay, Ollie
dc.description.abstractAlthough research has been conducted on residential treatment centers, there has been little research that explores how this experience impacted former students in terms of their psychosocial and life skills functioning post-treatment. Moreover, research has failed to include the student’s interpretation of their experience and perceptions in outcome findings. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and Framework Method, interview questionnaires of 41 former Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School students were subjected to qualitative analysis in order to identify common themes across participants. Identified themes included psychosocial functioning deficits, reduced life skills functioning, and long-term emotional sequelae. Results from the present study suggest that participants disassociated the positive achievements attained in life, such as academic achievements, healthy relationships, successful careers, and positive self-esteem, from their experience and treatment received at the Orthogenic School. They also identified long-term effects, such as significant emotional scarring, need for increased mental health treatment, reduced functioning skills, and inability to form healthy or intimate relationships that they attributed to their experience and treatment at the Orthogenic School. These descriptive accounts can be utilized to improve and update therapeutic policy within residential treatment centers, minimizing ineffective treatment or negative long-term effects.
dc.format.extent90 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.identifier.citationKoller, A. M. (2015). <i>Surviving the "Yellow Door" - An analysis of post-treatment psychosocial resilience</i> (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.subjectSonia Shankman Orthogenic School
dc.subjectBettelheim, Bruno
dc.subjectTreatment outcomes
dc.subjectEmotionally disturbed children in residential treatment
dc.subjectInterpretative phenomenological analysis
dc.subjectChild behavior
dc.subjectAdverse childhood experiences
dc.subjectAttachment theory
dc.subjectSocial bonds/control theory
dc.subjectDifferential association theory
dc.subjectModeling theory
dc.subject.lcshSonia Shankman Orthogenic School--Case studiesen_US
dc.subject.lcshAdolescent psychotherapy--Residential treatmenten_US
dc.subject.lcshProblem youth--Institutional careen_US
dc.subject.lcshMentally ill--Rehabilitationen_US
dc.titleSurviving the "Yellow Door" - An Analysis of Post-Treatment Psychosocial Resilience
dc.typeThesis Research State University of Arts


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