Stability and change in subjective quality of life of adolescents in secure residential care

C.S. Barendregt, A.M. van der Laan, I.L. Bongers, Ch. van Nieuwenhuizen

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Subjective quality of life (QoL) is an outcome measure often used in the field of psychiatry. While upcoming strength-based rehabilitation theories place strong emphasis on subjective QoL, it has hardly ever been investigated in adolescents with severe psychiatric problems who are admitted to secure residential care. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the stability and change of subjective QoL of adolescents with severe psychiatric problems. Additionally, the effect of discharge and re-entering society on subjective QoL was studied. In a four-wave longitudinal study, the subjective QoL of 172 male adolescents with severe psychiatric problems was examined. Five subjective QoL domains remained stable over time, while five other domains changed. A decrease in satisfaction with family relations and social participation was observed for discharged adolescents. These results warrant for continuing guidance of adolescents in order for them to positively adapt to a new life outside secure residential care.
Keywords: subjective quality of life, discharge, rehabilitation, stability and change, adolescents, secure residential care
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-509
JournalJournal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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