Treatment adherence of maltreating families: A survey of professionals regarding prevalence and enhancement strategies

David J. Hansen, Jody E. Warner

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Abstract

Maltreating parents often do not identify themselves as having a problem and are usually not self-referred for evaluation or treatment. As a result, treatment adherence problems are believed to be common. Unfortunately, the literature to date about the extent of the problem and what to do about it is sparse. The present investigation focuses on two types of treatment adherence by maltreating families: session attendance and homework completion. The goals of the study were the following: (a) provide information on the extent of the problem of nonadherence; (b) examine the relationship between nonadherence and client, treatment, and professional factors; and (c) provide information on the use and effectiveness of strategies to facilitate adherence. A survey was sent to 300 mental health and social service agencies nationwide and completed by 105 professionals. The survey requested specific data on three randomly selected maltreating parents from each respondent's current caseload. Data were obtained on 303 maltreating parents. Implications of the results for intervention and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1994

Keywords

  • child abuse
  • child maltreatment
  • child neglect
  • treatment adherence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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