Residential treatment that can change lives


Measuring up to parent expectations - Our research results

When it comes to change, especially when working with others, most will agree that it is not an easy task and even some say it's impossible. However, with the right environment and approach change not only happens but can happen often and the results can be rewarding for all who are involved.

At Discovery Ranch for Girls, families and their daughters come to us for help with a variety of problems and concerns. Often these families have little hope that things can change for the better but they hang on to their willingness to try whatever they can for each other because of love. The consistent and successful positive outcomes and results are shown through frequent and intense research studies conducted in our program provide peace and direction for the families who put their trust in our unique approach at the ranch.

Let's take a look at some of the positive outcomes parents, families and their daughter experience as a result of residential treatment at Discovery Ranch:

Parents and students solve problems at Discovery Ranch for Girls.
At graduation, 90% of parents report that their daughter is much better compared to the beginning of treatment. 100% of students report their problems are much better than when they began.

Students from Discovery Ranch for Girls maintain their improvement.
Six months after graduation, 100% of parents and students say that their problems are much better than when they began.

Treatment at Discovery Ranch for Girls is good for families.
78% of students say they are comfortable sharing their feelings with their parents at discharge all or most of the time, compared to only 25% of students at intake. Students and parents both report significantly better family functioning between intake to discharge.

The numbers back up treatment at Discovery Ranch for Girls.
On tests of problem behavior (YOQ‐2.01) and emotional problems (BPFS‐C), both parents and students report consistent improvement while at Discovery Ranch for Girls. A large majority of parents (96%) rate their daughters in the “non‐clinical” range following treatment. These improvements remain six months following discharge.

Data-driven decision making is part of our culture.
Students at Discovery Ranch for Girls complete clinical surveys every month to track and plan their treatment. We also regularly ask parents and students to rate the Ranch and give us feedback. These surveys are reviewed by our entire treatment team to help make treatment decisions and to ensure that we are doing everything we can help your daughter get better.


Therapeutic Outcomes at Discovery Ranch for Girls

Discovery Ranch for Girls makes a major effort to track and evaluate the therapeutic progress of every student. This information is also used to confirm that treatment, in general, is effective at Discovery Ranch for Girls. Overall, the data confirm that, on average, students at Discovery Ranch for Girls make consistent progress during their treatment and typically cross clinical cutoffs into healthy ranges during their stay. A summary of findings for specific measures follows.

Youth Outcome Questionnaire
The Youth Outcome Questionnaire (YOQ) measures emotional symptoms as well as behavioral difficulties. Parents and students complete the YOQ about their children at intake and discharge. Therapists and students additionally complete the YOQ about the student every month. Data from both students and parents confirm that students show significantly fewer symptoms at discharge than at intake. Beyond this, statistical analysis confirms that students make rapid progress during the initial phase of treatment and continue to make an improvement over time. This analysis is summarized in the graph below, with the green line showing the average or typical course of treatment for students.

YOQ Youth Outcome Wilderness treatment

How I Feel About Myself Scale
The How I Feel About Myself Scale (HIFAM) measures emotional and relationship difficulties, including rapidly changing emotions, intense but brief relationships, and propensity for self-harm. Similar to the YOQ above, both parents and students report significantly better emotional and relationship regulation at discharge than at intake. Additionally, students at Discovery Ranch for Girls show consistent improvement, on average, in emotional regulation as they continue in treatment. The red line in the graph on the left again shows the typical or average course of treatment for students at Discovery Ranch for Girls.

HIFAM scale family results

Family Functioning
Because Discovery Ranch for Girls emphasizes relationships and helping families, two measures are used at intake and discharge to measure family functioning. One measure, the Positive Relationship with Parents scale, measures trust and positivity in relationships. Students and parents have both reported better relationships at discharge than at intake. The scale ranges in scores from 1 to 4 meaning the .8 point increase seen in the chart below covers a good portion of the range. The second measure, the Family Assessment Device – General Functioning scale, assesses problems and difficulties in families. Again, both parents and students at discharge report fewer problems than students at intake. These results provide valuable evidence that treatment at Discovery Ranch for Girls not only helps the students but also improves the health of the whole family system.

family relationship improvement

Satisfaction with the Program
Finally, at Discovery Ranch for Girls, we regularly invite parents and students to rate the ranch and to make suggestions about improvements. Parents and students are overwhelmingly positive about the ranch. Summaries of a few questions from recent surveys are shown to the right. Over 95% of parents agreed that their daughter was making progress in treatment. Given the chance to rate the safety of the campus and activities at Discovery ranch for Girls, both parents and students give scores at nearly the top of the scale. Lastly, both 90% of parents and students reported that their educational needs are being met at Discovery Ranch for Girls. Together, these personal reports validate our findings that students at Discovery Ranch for Girls show improvement and further show that parents and students are highly satisfied with the treatment and services provided.

Parent and student report improvement