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NCJ Number: 119903 Find in a Library
Title: Attrition From Court-Referred Family Therapy in Three Rural Community Mental Health Centers
Journal: Juvenile and Family Court Journal  Volume:40  Issue:3  Dated:(1989)  Pages:45-54
Author(s): D D Empey; D A Gordon
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 10
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines rates of attrition of 150 families undergoing court-referred and court-ordered therapy in community mental health centers and makes recommendations for juvenile court officials and mental health professionals to retain and increase the participation of court-involved families in therapy.
Abstract: Data on the families' participation were obtained from three rural community mental health centers in southeastern Ohio. There was a 37 percent drop out rate, and the median number of therapy sessions attended by the families was five, an insufficient number to improve family functioning. Families who remained in therapy had fathers participating in the sessions. One of the three centers had a better retention rate than the other two because staff provided frequent communication, coordination, and follow-up. Six recommendations for reducing attrition include: (1) encouraging fathers to participate in the therapy sessions; (2) conducting therapy sessions at the family's home; (3) increasing communications, coordination, and follow-up procedures, especially for families who tend to drop out of therapy; (4) requiring that court-referred families participate in a minimum of 12 weekly therapy sessions; (5) increasing coordination between referring juvenile courts and community mental health agencies; and (6) introducing therapy not as punishment but as help. 32 references.
Main Term(s): Family intervention programs
Index Term(s): Family counseling; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Juvenile mental health services
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