At Discovery Ranch for Girls, we care about providing the best quality of services to girls and their families. To do this, research is an integral part of the process. Research enables the continual growth and development of our residential program for troubled youth. Students complete clinical surveys every month to track and plan their treatment. We also regularly ask parents and students to rate our residential treatment for troubled teen girls and give us feedback. Our treatment team reviews these surveys, which helps them make better treatment decisions. This is how we ensure that we are doing everything we can to help your daughter get better.

Our Research

Youth Outcome Questionnaire

The Youth Outcome Questionnaire (YOQ) measures emotional symptoms as well as behavioral difficulties. Parents and students complete the YOQ at intake and discharge. Therapists and students additionally complete the YOQ every month. Data from both students and parents confirm that students show significantly fewer symptoms at discharge than at intake. Statistical analysis confirms that students make progress at the beginning of treatment and continue to make an improvement over time. The graph below summarizes this analysis, the green line showing the average 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. This includes measuring rapidly changing emotions, intense but brief relationships, and propensity for self-harm. Both parents and students report significantly better emotional and relationship regulation at discharge than at intake. Additionally, students at our residential therapy for troubled teen girls show consistent improvement, on average, in emotional regulation as they continue in treatment. The red line in the graph shows the average course of treatment for students at Discovery Ranch for Girls.

HIFAM scale family results

Relationship Scale

Because Discovery Ranch for Girls emphasizes relationships and helping families, we use two measures 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, which means that 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 at intake. These results provide evidence that treatment not only helps the students, but also improves the health of the whole family.

family relationship improvement

Satisfaction with the Program

We regularly invite parents and students to rate the Ranch and to make suggestions about improvements. Parents and students are overwhelmingly positive about our residential treatment center for teens. Over 98% of parents agreed that their daughter was making progress in treatment. Given the chance to rate the safety of the campus and activities, both parents and students give high scores. Also, 90% of parents and students reported that Discovery Ranch for Girls meets their educational needs. These reports show that students improve and that parents and students are highly satisfied with our treatment and services.

Parent and student report improvement


Parents and students solve problems at Discovery Ranch for Girls.
At graduation, 90% of parents report that their daughter is much better than she was at 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.