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Citation:  Walker, J. S. (2015). A theory of change for positive developmental approaches to improving outcomes among emerging adults with serious mental health conditions. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 42 (2), 131-149.
Title:  A theory of change for positive developmental approaches to improving outcomes among emerging adults with serious mental health conditions
Authors:  Walker, J. S.
Year:  2015
Journal/Publication:  The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Publisher:  Springer
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11414-015-9455-x
Full text:  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11414-015-9455-x   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Background:  Typical services fall short in improving outcomes for emerging adults with serious mental health conditions (SMHCs). New programs and interventions have been developed to try to meet the needs of young adults with SMHCs. These programs and interventions typically use a positive developmental approach, which is informed by a combination of theoretical sources, including theories of positive development, self-determination, ecological systems, and social capital.
Purpose:  Despite these new programs, there has been no comprehensive theoretical statement describing how or why positive change should occur resulting a positive developmental approach when intervening with young adults with SMHCs. This article proposes a general model that describes a theory behind what appears to be an effective and popular way to improve outcomes for young adults with SMHCs.

Disabilities served:  Chronic mental illness
Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)