The Impact of Child-Parent Psychotherapy on Child Dependency Court Outcomes

Katherine P. Hazen, Matthew W. Carlson, Meredith L. Cartwright, Claire Patnode, Jennie Cole-Mossman, Samantha Byrns, Kelli Hauptman, Joy Osofsky

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Although parental compliance with court orders in child welfare cases is key to achieving physical parent-child reunification and successful case closure, little research has examined how parent-child relationship-focused rehabilitative services uniquely influence case outcomes. This project fills this gap by investigating links between court ordering of and parental participation in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) with court outcomes. Data were obtained from court records of 448 court-involved parents. Hierarchical regressions revealed that greater participation in CPP led to reunification and successful case closure but not faster case closure. Courtroom professionals should consider parent-child relationship-based therapies as tools for achieving child welfare goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-46
Number of pages26
JournalJuvenile and Family Court Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy
  • child dependency court
  • child welfare
  • dispositional orders
  • service participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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