Title page for ETD etd-05112010-233118

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Killiany, Erin Margaret
Author's Email Address ekillian@vt.edu
URN etd-05112010-233118
Title Examining the process of change for adolescent girls on probation in a residential treatment center
Degree Master of Science
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Huebner, Angela J. Committee Chair
Sayre, Julia B. Committee Member
Wittenborn, Andrea K. Committee Member
  • process of change
  • residential treatment
Date of Defense 2010-04-28
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the factors that contribute to client behavior change and motivation during residential treatment for adolescent females on probation. Data were obtained through retrospective individual interviews with residents of a residential treatment center in Northern Virginia. Semi-structured, open-ended questions were asked in order to obtain a rich description of each girl’s experience of change. The results illuminated specific aspects of the treatment program that were most helpful to the participants. By analyzing these data, a specific process of change was developed for this unique population. Participants in the current study reported relationships with staff and their families as very important in terms of making changes. It seems the attachments they were able to establish were a significant factor in change. Through the lens of attachment theory, it is hypothesized that participants’ relationships with staff were instrumental in helping them to make changes, as these relationships offered a secure base from which to explore themselves. In the context of an alternative attachment, the current study could be beneficial in helping counselors view themselves as alternative attachment figures, and help them to be more intentional about how they use this in treatment.
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