Exploring diversity attitudes of youth placed in residential treatment facilities

Lindsey M. Weiler, Christine M. Helfrich, Francisco Palermo, Toni S. Zimmerman

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The increasing ethnic, cultural, and class diversity in the United States calls for a proactive approach in helping youth develop into socially competent adults. Youth in residential treatment may exhibit deficits in perspective-taking ability, social competence, and relationship skills, which are important outcomes of healthy diversity attitudes. For some, the milieu may be their first experience with youth of diverse backgrounds. However, little is known about this topic. The purpose of this study was to explore diversity awareness, attitudes, and skills of youth in residential treatment. The current study highlights the need for diversity education programs within treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-39
Number of pages17
JournalResidential Treatment for Children and Youth
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • adolescents
  • diversity awareness
  • multicultural attitudes
  • residential treatment

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