Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Dr. Galen Alessi

Second Advisor

Dr. Jack Michael

Third Advisor

Dr. Dick Malott

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Al Hovestadt


This naturalistic study employed a controlled multiple baseline design (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968; Poling, 1995) across subjects and behaviors to examine the effects of wraparound services on the adjustment of four Severely Emotionally Disturbed teenagers at risk o f long term residential placement. Subjects were selected on a clinical trials basis upon referral into a public sector interagency service system within a small rural county. The Vermont System For Tracking Client Progress served as the primary dependent measure and was sampled daily for one year, the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale and detailed financial data were also sampled. Distinct sequential effects across subjects and behaviors were immediately achieved and maintained across time through service implementation and subsequent phase out. Follow up data are included. The current results and research methodology are discussed in light of the emerging literature on the treatment of this population.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access

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Psychology Commons