Wraparound Team Composition, Youth Self-determination, and Youth Satisfaction in Transition Services

LaPorte, T. M.,
Haber, M. G.,
Malloy, J. M.
Published: Electronically published in August, 2014
(a more recently published version of this article may be available)
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Springer Science+Business Media

Wraparound, a team-based planning process, has been widely adopted in school-based services for older adolescents and emerging adults with serious mental health conditions transitioning to adulthood. Although reservations have been voiced about possible drawbacks of teams for these youth, no studies to date have examined the feasibility of involving supportive adults in teams or the relationships between team composition and youth’s service experiences. The present authors examined the relationships between team composition and youth’s perceptions of self-determination and service satisfaction among 36 youths in seven school-based programs using a specialized form of wraparound for transition services. Findings show that meeting participation by caregivers and professionals from both inside and outside of schools was common, and that regular attendance by these types of adults was related to higher youth ratings of self-determination and satisfaction with services. Modified Author Abstract.

Correspondence to: Thomas M. LaPorte, MA, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 9201 University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001; E-mail: tlaporte@uncc.edu, Website: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11414-014-9434-7
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