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Psychiatr Serv. 2002 Nov;53(11):1467-8.

Multiple-family groups for urban children with conduct difficulties and their families.

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School of Social Work, Columbia University, New York, New York 10025, USA.


The authors present the results of two studies designed to improve treatment engagement among urban youths with conduct and oppositional behavioral difficulties. In the first study, information on attitudes about mental health treatment was obtained from 159 adult caregivers of children who were referred to an urban child mental health clinic because of disruptive behavioral difficulties. The caregivers listed insufficient time, lack of transportation, the child's not wanting to attend treatment, and the caregiver's concern that treatment might not help as barriers to service use. The data from study 1 were used to design a multiple-family group intervention to be tested in study 2. The families who participated in these groups attended an average of seven sessions during the 16-week study, compared with four sessions for families who participated in family therapy and three for families who participated in individual psychotherapy.

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