ERIC Number: EJ914527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
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Reference Count: 18
Family Involvement in Residential Treatment: Staff, Parent, and Adolescent Perspectives
Nickerson, Amanda B.; Brooks, Jennifer L.; Colby, Sarah A.; Rickert, Jennifer M.; Salamone, Frank J.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v15 n6 p681-694 Dec 2006
We conducted interviews with staff members, parents, and adolescents at a residential treatment center to examine the frequency, nature, and satisfaction with contact between parents and adolescents and parents and staff. We also assessed perceived barriers to family involvement and possible solutions for improving this involvement. Results indicated that there is more contact between parents and adolescents than in previous studies. In addition, contact between parents and staff occurred frequently, although there were discrepancies regarding their reasons for the contact. Most parents and adolescents reported that the amount of contact was adequate, but the majority of staff members perceived there to be not enough contact. Adolescents reported that there was not enough contact with secondary sources of support, most often other family members. Barriers to family involvement included transportation, parent responsibilities and personal problems, and legal issues. In addition, parents reported that strained family relationships and problematic adolescent behavior interfered with their involvement. The need for residential treatment centers to broaden services to include parents as well as members of the larger support network is discussed.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Parents, Family Involvement, Residential Programs, Institutionalized Persons, Parent Attitudes, Caregivers, Adolescents, Parent Child Relationship, Barriers, Attitude Measures, Transportation, Parent Responsibility, Legal Responsibility
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