October 2021

The Dorm Announces Exciting Preliminary Results from its Yale IRB Approved Outcome Study

Elisabeth S Morgan, Marketing Manager, The Dorm

The Dorm is excited to announce promising initial results from its Yale IRB approved, multi-year outcome study to analyze the benefits, quality, and efficacy of its young adult treatment model.

Preliminary findings were presented in a research poster at the 2021 American Psychopathological Association (APPA) conference. After nine months, data from a sample of young adult clients at The Dorm indicate meaningful improvement across key metrics: 

  • -41% reduction in generalized anxiety 

  • +25% increase in self-efficacy 

  • -36% reduction in depression

  • +15% increase in friendship 

  • -37% reduction in rejection

Young adults aged 18-25 have the highest prevalence of any mental illness (29.4%) among adults and as an age group are at an increased risk of alcohol and substance misuse and recidivism. As we know, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental health crisis has reached a tipping point. Current treatment solutions for young adults are not enough; there is a critical need for research on care models that can improve outcomes.

The aim of this ongoing study is to understand the effect of The Dorm’s long-term, holistic, skill-based community integration model on several markers of mental health. What differentiates The Dorm’s model is that it is longer-term (with an average length of stay of 12 months), phased across multiple tiers that are individualized based on our client needs and range up to 30+ clinical hours per week, it combines clinical therapies with skill-based learning and holistic health and wellness practices, it is multi-diagnostic, with young adults clients presenting with a range of mental health conditions and comorbidities receiving treatment in the same treatment community, and it’s offered in a community setting where clients benefit from care and community support together as peers.

The outcome study not only examines metrics such as generalized anxiety and depression but quality of life factors that impact a young person’s sustained psychosocial wellbeing and lifelong autonomy, including: perceptions of friendship; sense of personal self-efficacy and confidence; sense of one’s experience of isolation; perception of one’s community participation; levels of generalized anxiety disorder; and levels of depression.

“We hope this outcome study will shed more light on the models of treatment that really work for young adults in outpatient and transitional care, not just clinically, but in the ways that empower young people to build sustainable purpose, autonomy and meaning in life outside of treatment,” said Dr. Amanda Fialk, LCSW, LICSW, Partner and Chief of Clinical Services at The Dorm.

To learn more or speak with The Dorm team, email [email protected] or call (877) 996-2326.

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