New Study: Teaching-Family Model Homes “Produce Significantly Better Outcomes” for Youth Post-Discharge

Does Model matter? The Teaching-Family Model does.

A new study published in the March issue of the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders found that the Teaching-Family Model (TFM) makes a significant difference in outcomes for youth post-discharge.

The study, “Does Model Matter? Examining Change Across Time for Youth in Group Homes,” measured outcomes for youth in TFM group homes against those in group homes using an eclectic mix of treatment approaches.

Figure 3 (Farmer)Analyzing data collected through the evidence-based Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire pre-treatment, during treatment, and post-discharge, the researchers found Teaching-Family Model homes “to produce significantly better outcomes” for youth during the post-discharge period.

“Although both TFM and non-TFM homes produced very similar initial improvements, there appears to be some benefit of TFM for longer term improvements,” write the authors. “Furthermore, for youth who remain in treatment for extended periods as well as during the post-discharge period, TFM homes appear to produce significantly better outcomes.”

Significantly, the study’s findings empirically support the use of group homes in general as a treatment option. “Overall, these findings suggest that group homes produce quick and significant improvements that resemble the patterns of change seen in other evidence-based and promising out-of-home settings,” write the authors.

However, the long-term and post-discharge improvements shown in Teaching-Family Model group homes cannot be discounted. The authors write:

Short-term gains are relatively common, but for developing youth, shifts in long-term trajectories form the springboard for improved development, socialization, functioning, and flourishing.

From our experience, almost fifty years of success stories and empirical evidence from agencies all over the world, Teaching-Family Model treatment forms that springboard. Youth in Teaching-Family Model care don’t simply return to average but flourish with the skills they need to achieve their own goals.

The Teaching-Family Model is an evidence- and strengths-based, trauma-informed and family-style full system of care, from treatment procedures to integrated support systems. Curious about the Teaching-Family Model or the Teaching-Family Association? Learn more by signing up for our email list.


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