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Presented at the 18th Annual Research Conference

Family Empowerment as a Mediator between Systems of Care and Changes in Child Functioning: Identifying an Important Mechanism of Change

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Session Number: 37 Room: Salon B

Presenting: Kelly Rogers; Terri Shelton

All Authors for this paper: Kelly Rogers; Terri Shelton

Presentation Type: paper presentation

Synopsis: The present study investigated the associations among perceived fidelity to systems of care, family empowerment, and improvements in children's challenging behaviors. Participants included 79 families, interviewed at two time points across a one-year period. Paired samples t-tests indicated that problem behaviors decreased significantly across a one-year period. Hierarchical multiple regressions indicated that both perceived fidelity to systems of care and family empowerment independently predicted change in children's problem behavior over a one-year period. However, when family empowerment is entered first in the regression, the relationship between adherence to systems-of-care principles and change in children's problem behavior drops out, indicating that family empowerment mediates the relationship between family-centered care and changes in problem behaviors. Consistent with other literature on help-giving practices, family empowerment appears to be an important mechanism of change within the systems-of-care philosophy of service delivery. Implications for practice and staff training are discussed.

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Session Time: 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Presentation Time: 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM