Adolescent females, girls, and young women, ages 13 to 17 at admission with significant patterns of unresolved emotional and behavioral issues, including:
- Learned negative behavior patterns that victimize others
- Low degree of empathy for others and poor means-to-end reasoning
- High degree of impulsiveness and problems with emotion management and/or aggression
- Significant problems handling responsibility and denial or justification of negative behavior
- Lack of self-discipline and history of non-compliant behaviors
- History of responding to life stresses by thrill-seeking, negative associations and/or aggression
- Low self-esteem, poor social skills, and/or functioning below capacity
- History of sexual exploitation
Possible diagnoses include:
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Conduct Disorder
- Substance Abuse
- and others
Referrals of young women with histories of suicide attempts, significant self-harming behaviors, physical aggression, special medical needs, or with IQs between 70 and 85 will generate an examination of behavior context and youth resilience to help assess her appropriateness for placement at Forest Ridge.
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