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Presented at the 18th Annual Research Conference

The Relationship Between Family Empowerment and Youth Mental Health Outcomes

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Session Number: 1000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Jennifer Maness; Susan McCammon

All Authors for this paper: Jennifer Maness; Susan McCammon; Thomas Durham; David Dosser, Jr.; Erik Everhart

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: Studies examining family empowerment and youth mental health outcomes have yielded mixed results. We examined data previously collected by the North Carolina Division of Mental Health for the PEN-PAL federally funded children's services initiative. Complete data were available for 231 youth with serious emotional disturbance and their families. Family Empowerment Scale scores were inversely related to Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) scores. Use of the reliable change index revealed that youth improved in functioning, but contrary to expectations, family empowerment did not increase over time, and changes in child functioning (measured by the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Survey [CAFAS] and CBCL) were not related to family empowerment.


Session Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Presentation Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM