Evaluation of outcome in child and adolescent mental health services: children with persistent conduct problems

Luk, Ernest S. L., Staiger, Petra, Mathai, John, Wong, Lisa, Birleson, Peter and Adler, Robert 2001, Evaluation of outcome in child and adolescent mental health services: children with persistent conduct problems, Clinical child psychology and psychiatry, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 109-124, doi: 10.1177/1359104501006001009.

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Title Evaluation of outcome in child and adolescent mental health services: children with persistent conduct problems
Author(s) Luk, Ernest S. L.
Staiger, PetraORCID iD for Staiger, Petra orcid.org/0000-0002-6968-5015
Mathai, John
Wong, Lisa
Birleson, Peter
Adler, Robert
Journal name Clinical child psychology and psychiatry
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 109
End page 124
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1359-1045
Keyword(s) evaluation of outcome
mental health service
parents’ perception
persistent conduct problems
Summary This article focuses on the evaluation of outcome in child and adolescent mental health services. We examined the outcomes of 46 children with persistent conduct problems by gathering at baseline and six months information from multiple informants on multiple domains including the functioning of the child, risk factors, and parents’ and children’s perceptions of the treatment process. A statistically significant reduction in oppositional/conduct symptoms was reported six months after the initial clinical contact. However, the majority of the group still scored within the clinical range. The various outcome measures are correlated to only a mild to moderate degree. Teachers did not notice the same degree of change at school, despite the changes noticed by parents. Symptom improvement and satisfaction with a service are two separate issues. Parents’ satisfaction was related to their perception of the therapist and the therapy offered. Their satisfaction was high if they perceived that the therapist was able to communicate well, show care and concern, and if the therapy was perceived as organized. Much can be learned from a comprehensive outcome measurement system within a mental health service.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1359104501006001009
Field of Research 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Sage Publications Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009417

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