Locus of control, antisocial attitudes, mental health diagnosis, suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, intellectual functioning, and revenue source as predictors of length of stay of adolescent psychiatric inpatients

Beatrix Huberta Aubee, Tennessee State University

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify potential predictors of length of stay for adolescents hospitalized in a psychiatric inpatient facility. The hypotheses that locus of control orientation, antisocial attitudes, depression, suicidal ideation, and intelligence would be related to length of stay were not supported. However, a significant relationship was found between anxiety and length of stay as well as between level of education and length of stay. In addition, a multiple regression analysis was performed with the following variables: Type of insurance, suicidal ideation, anxiety, locus of control, intelligence level, gender, race, and grade. The only significant predictor was type of insurance. Participants insured by Medicaid stayed significantly longer in the hospital than subjects with other coverage. The hypothesis that subjects with commercial insurance would be hospitalized longer than subjects with public insurance was not supported. Chi square analysis suggested that recipients of Medicaid were hospitalized significantly longer than expected. This research supports the notion that revenue source, anxiety, and level of education may be significant predictors of length of stay and that adolescents with a primary diagnosis of Substance Use Disorder remain longer in the hospital than adolescents with other diagnoses. Gender was not significantly related to length of stay. ^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Public Health|Psychology, Developmental|Psychology, Clinical|Psychology, Personality|Psychology, Cognitive

Recommended Citation

Beatrix Huberta Aubee, "Locus of control, antisocial attitudes, mental health diagnosis, suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, intellectual functioning, and revenue source as predictors of length of stay of adolescent psychiatric inpatients" (1999). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI9943844.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI9943844

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