ERIC Number: EJ1024122
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Retention of Children and Their Families in the Longitudinal Outcome Study of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program: A Multilevel Analysis
Gebreselassie, Tesfayi; Stephens, Robert L.; Maples, Connie J.; Johnson, Stacy F.; Tucker, Alyce L.
American Journal of Evaluation, v35 n2 p214-229 Jun 2014
Predictors of retention of participants in a longitudinal study and heterogeneity between communities were investigated using a multilevel logistic regression model. Data from the longitudinal outcome study of the national evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families program and information on communities participating in the evaluation were used to examine retention of participants at 6-, 12-, 18-, and 24-month follow-up interviews. Findings revealed that both child and family characteristics and community characteristics significantly influenced participation for up to 24-month follow-up. Specifically, behavioral and emotional problems at intake, referral source, proportion of total staff devoted to interviewers, and total amount of incentive paid out at baseline influenced retention of participants. In addition, significant random effects at both Level 2 and Level 3 indicated that retention varied significantly between communities and among children even after controlling for child and family characteristics.
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Persistence, Children, Family Involvement, Regression (Statistics), Interviews, Individual Characteristics, Family Characteristics, Influences, Behavior Problems, Emotional Problems, Referral, Staff Utilization, Incentives, Community Characteristics, Mental Health, Health Services, Outcome Measures, Check Lists, Adolescents
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist