A fresh report that assessed the treatment at three youth homes run by the National Board of Institutional Care, abbreviated SiS in Swedish, shows that two thirds of the boys do fairly well. On the other hand, the choice of methods used does not appear to be crucial. The key factor is the competence and commitment of the staff and the boys relationship with their contact persons.
SiS has 35 specialized youth homes. The adolescents who are placed there often have serious problems in the form of anti-social behavior, crime, and abuse. In almost all cases they have been the object of a great deal of intervention from social authorities.
In the report "Does ART yield better treatment outcomes?" Rolf Holmqvist, associate professor of psychology, and doctoral candidates Teci Hill and Annicka Lang have assessed methods of treatment at three specialized youth homes: Sundbo Youth Home, Långanäs School, and Stigby School. These institutions differ considerably. Sundbo admits both young people who have been apprehended under the Act on Care for Adolsecents, abbreviated LVU in Swedish, and those sentenced to confinement and care, LSU in Swedish, whereas Långanäs and Stigby only treat young people apprehended under LVU.
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