Histogram & Narrative Summary SWK5015 Advanced Statistical Research & Program Evaluation July 2023
Histogram imported from JASP Descriptive Statistics Age of Child Accessing Services Valid90 Missing0 Mean10.256 Std. Deviation 3.367 Minimum5.000 Maximum18.000 Age of Child Accessing Services Trends in Services According to the data represented in the histogram above, the trends I see include; An increase in mental health services between the ages 4 to 10-years-old.
A Decrease in mental health services between the age on 10-12, with a drastic decline at age 12, and a consistent decrease in services between ages 12 to 18-years-old. Trends Affects on Planning These trends indicate two major considerations for planning. A need for providers to be adequately trained in early childhood development, to meet the needs of our largest client base. Increase age-appropriate programming for older youth, ages 12 to 18-years-old. By increasing age-appropriate programming the agency could reintroduce mental health services to older youth, in a more effective manner. For example, older youth may prefer a group setting over one-on-one services. Cruwys et. al (2019) are currently examining the effectiveness of group therapy over CBT, in a randomized controlled trial. The belief behind this research is that adolescents in the psychosocial stage of identity versus confusion (ages 12 to 18-years-old), will respond more positively in a group setting. Next steps for representation To gain a clearer understanding of all age groups at the agency I would recommend breaking the age groups down by developmental stage groups as followed: Initiative vs. Guilt (Ages 3 to 5-years-old) Industry vs. Inferiority (Ages 6 to 11-years-old) Identity vs. Confusion(Ages 12 to 18-years-old) (Knight, 2017)
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