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ERIC Number: ED407632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan-24
Pages: 37
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Caretaker Psychological Factors Predicting Compliance with Children's Psychotherapy Needs.
Venable, William Mark; Thompson, Bruce
The importance of ascertaining and effectively treating psychological problems in children is difficult to overstate. Since compliance is particularly important, the psychological factors associated with caretakers' compliance regarding children's psychotherapy were examined here. Data were collected on the 85 primary caretakers of 85 children who applied for counseling at a number of community mental health centers or who received private practitioner care. The general hypothesis of the study was that scores on (1) general, (2) intrapunitive hostility, (3) extrapunitive hostility, (4) paranoid ideation, (5) depression, and (6) anxiety would discriminate caretakers who prematurely terminated their children's therapy (group one) from those caretakers who met therapeutic goals (group two) and from those caretakers whose children did not meet therapeutic goals but who attended at least ten therapy sessions (group three). Analysis showed that membership in group two was the most difficult to predict using the six variables above. One variable--intrapunitive hostility (self-criticism and delusional guilt)--was seen as a powerful factor in whether or not a caretaker will remove a child prematurely from therapy. While low self-esteem and guilt may help define this phenomenon, the factor warrants additional investigation. Contains 45 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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