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NCJ Number: 148358 Find in a Library
Title: Treatment Adherence of Maltreating Families: A Survey of Professionals Regarding Prevalence and Enhancement Strategies
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:9  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1994)  Pages:1-19
Author(s): D J Hansen; J E Warner
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 19
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A sample of 105 mental health professionals completed a survey designed to assess the extent of treatment adherence problems with maltreating families as well as information on strategies used to remedy the problem.
Abstract: Data were provided on 303 maltreating parents who were clients of the respondents; most clients were female and primary caretakers of their children. The mean education level was slightly less than high school graduation and approximately half the respondents were employed. In general, reported incomes were under $12,000 per year. Over 57 percent of the respondents were ordered by the court to receive services and more than one-third had one or more children removed from the home. The results of the survey showed that 83.7 percent of the clients attended the treatment sessions to which they were ordered; approximately 80.2 percent of the maltreating parents were given assignments to be completed at home, of which 64.3 percent were actually completed. Techniques cited by the respondents as means of facilitating adherence included praise, written agreements, phone prompts for attendance, and in-session practicing for homework assignments. 4 tables, 3 figures, and 18 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Abusing parents; Child abuse treatment; Family counseling; Treatment techniques
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