ERIC Number: EJ854152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
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Treatment Participation among Children with Conduct Problems and the Role of Telephone Reminders
Watt, Bruce D.; Hoyland, Margaret; Best, Denisse; Dadds, Mark R.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v16 n4 p522-530 Aug 2007
Children with antisocial, aggressive and disruptive behaviour problems are among the most frequent referrals to mental health services. These young people and their families present with a range of adverse contextual factors and can prove challenging to engage. We examined the characteristics of children with conduct problems, treatment participation, and the impact of telephone reminder calls. Consecutive referrals (N=262) to two child and youth mental health services were randomly assigned to either a reminder call condition or service as usual. In comparison to referrals without conduct problems, conduct problem children presented with greater sources of psychosocial adversity, attended fewer initial appointments and were at greater risk of treatment refusal. Importantly, telephone reminder calls significantly increased treatment attendance, though only for participants with elevated conduct problems. Telephone reminder calls, however, had no impact on treatment refusal, regardless of conduct problem status. The findings highlight a straightforward approach for enhancing treatment participation among a group that has been challenging for mental health services.
Descriptors: Health Services, Behavior Problems, Mental Health Programs, Mental Health, Telecommunications, Youth, Participation, Antisocial Behavior, Aggression, Individual Characteristics, Intervention, Referral, Interpersonal Competence, Psychological Patterns, At Risk Persons, Attendance Patterns
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