Mentorship: A Rehabilitation for Youth Exiting Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities
Smith, Sarah L.
Department of Psychology
Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs) remain controversial forms of care for youth experiencing mental health concerns (Kapp et al., 2015). Mentorship programs are popular community-based interventions for at-risk youth. DuBois et al., (2002) postulate environmentally at-risk youth may be optimal candidates for mentoring due to often lacking a positive adult role model. Despite rising popularity of mentorship programs, research has yet to identify specific factors that produce consistent positive effects for disadvantaged youths transitioning out of PRTF settings.