Offering interventions adapted to the needs of youth in difficulty

Family problems need not always become a case for youth protection services: it is possible to intervene before the situation deteriorates to that degree, by providing assistance to children and their parents in situations of crisis. The Équipe de recherche sur le développement et l'implantation d'interventions probantes auprès de jeunes présentant des difficultés d'adaptation (Research Team on the Development and Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions for Youth in Difficulty), directed by Robert Pauzé from Université de Sherbrooke, is working on the development, implementation and evaluation of this type of intervention program. The team is particularly interested in documenting the intervention factors associated with the evolution of the young people and families who benefit from these services. They are working in partnership with various intervention environments, including health and social services centres, youth protection centres, hospitals, schools and early childcare centres. 

The team's work in progress includes an evaluation of the Crisis-Ado-Family-Child Program in Monteregie. This program aims to offer quick and intensive first-line intervention, carried out within the community, to children and adolescents from 6 to 17 years of age and families in crisis who are not involved with youth protection services. According to the data collected thus far, this program is bearing fruit. Indeed, the researchers have observed a 25% reduction in reports made by parents for serious behavioural problems, the complete elimination of emergency fostering for children and adolescents who are unknown to youth protection services, and an extremely low fostering rate for those who participate or who have participated in the program. The team has also observed an evolution in family functioning and educational practices, and a clinically significant reduction in psychological distress in the parents and in internalized and externalized problems in the children. Interestingly, the researchers note that this intervention has definitive impact on one out of every two families. 

Armed with these results, the team is currently pursuing its research with the goal of documenting the evolution of children and adolescents between 6 and 17 years of age and their families following the correct application of this program, and identifying the clientele who benefit the most from this type of intervention.


Équipe de recherche sur le développement et l'implantation d'interventions probantes auprès de jeunes présentant des difficultés d'adaptation


Robert Pauzé, Université de Sherbrooke

Regular members

  • Michel Bernard, Commission scolaire de Sherbrooke 
  • Thérèse Besnard, Université de Sherbrooke 
  • Anne-Sophie Denault, Université de Sherbrooke 
  • Normand Durocher, Boscoville 2000 
  • Johanne Fleurant, CSSS de la Haute-Yamaska 
  • Laurier Fortin, Université de Sherbrooke 
  • Jacques Joly, Université de Sherbrooke 
  • Marie-Claude Leduc, CSSS de la Pointe-de-l'Île 
  • Marie-Josée Letarte, Université de Sherbrooke 
  • Caroline Pesant, Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Sherbrooke 
  • Luc Touchette, Université de Sherbrooke 
  • Marc Tourigny, Université de Sherbrooke 
  • François Vaillancourt, CPE Carosse-Citrouille