Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Terry Weathersby

Degree Award Date

Spring 1998


Outcome Assessment, Youth Self-Report, treatment effectiveness, hospital length of stay


Medicine and Health Sciences | Psychiatry and Psychology


Current research on treatment effectiveness and hospital length of stay (LOS) suggests that there is a need for improved service outcome and an evaluation of the effects of long and short-term hospitalization. This need arises from the rising cost of mental health services and the resulting need to measure change in behavior as a result of treatment. This study used stepwise regression analysis and paired samples t-tests to assess the relationship between hospital LOS and reduction of symptoms as measured by the Youth Self-Report in children (N = 18, X age = 14 years) hospitalized in a state psychiatric hospital (X LOS = 38 days). Length of stay did not significantly predict treatment outcome and scores on the Youth Self-Report did not significantly improve from intake to discharge.