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Varying Treatment Intensity in a Home-Based Parent and Child Therapy Program for Families Living in Poverty: A Randomized Clinic Trial
Journal of Community Psychology
  • Robert A. Fox, Marquette University
  • Jennifer Carrasco, Marquette University
Document Type
Article
Language
eng
Format of Original
10 p.
Publication Date
1-1-2012
Publisher
Wiley
Disciplines
Abstract

This study addressed the question of whether increasing the intensity of a parent and child therapy program would improve results for young children with significant behavior problems from families living in poverty. Children were randomly assigned to either a standard condition or an intensity condition that provided 50% more treatment over a standard 8-week treatment period. Based on multiple parent-report, direct observation, and clinician-report measures of the children and their caregivers, both groups improved on all measures from pretest to posttest and from pretest to follow-up. No differences in outcomes were found between the standard and intensity groups at posttest or follow-up. These counterintuitive results are discussed within the parent and child intervention literature. Also, the heuristic potential of this study to encourage continued research with this challenging population is addressed.

Comments

Journal of Community Psychology, Vol. 40, No. 5 (July 2012): 621-630. DOI.

Citation Information
Robert A. Fox and Jennifer Carrasco. "Varying Treatment Intensity in a Home-Based Parent and Child Therapy Program for Families Living in Poverty: A Randomized Clinic Trial" Journal of Community Psychology (2012) ISSN: 0090-4392
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_fox/19/