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Dose effect in child psychotherapy: outcomes associated with negligible treatment.

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  • 1Center for Mental Health Policy, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37212, USA. andrade@uansv5.vanderbilt.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the outcomes of children who received negligible amounts of outpatient treatment to children receiving more treatment.

METHOD:

A random regression longitudinal model was used to analyze outcomes of children (aged 5-17 years) from the Fort Bragg Evaluation Project.

RESULTS:

In examining several outcomes, the results show no statistically significant dose effect.

CONCLUSIONS:

Children receiving substantial amounts of treatment showed no better mental health outcomes than those receiving negligible amounts of treatment. The results do not support the existence of a dose effect consistent enough to guide clinicians, administrators, or policymakers.

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