The Impact of Familial and Youth Risk and Resiliency Factors on Youth Functioning during Residential Treatment

Higher levels of trauma are associated with less resiliency among youth. Youth in residential care have more complex trauma histories compared to youth in community-based care. Examining resiliency factors that positively impact functional impairment and treatment response among youth in residential treatment may guide intervention development. The purpose of this study was to examine whether risk and resiliency characteristics effect improvement in youth functioning during their stay in residential care. The study sought to answer the following research question: How do known familial and youth risk and resiliency factors impact change in functional impairment among youth in residential treatment?


Savarra Howry, MSW

Ph.D. Student and Research Assistant , Institute for Quality Children’s Services in the College of Social Work at Florida State University


Shamra Boel-Studt, PhD, MSW

Associate Professor , Florida State University