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Presented at the 20th Annual Research Conference

Utilization of Individual versus Family Therapy among Adolescents with Severe Emotional Disturbance

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Session Number: 2000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Kelly Graves; Terri Shelton; Maria Fernandez

All Authors for this paper: Kelly Graves; Terri Shelton; Maria Fernandez; Nadine Kaslow

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: The present study investigated service utilization of individual and family therapy services among children with severe emotional and/or behavioral disturbances. Participants included 89 children and families, interviewed at two time points across a 6-month period. Results indicated that children received a greater number of individual therapy sessions than family therapy sessions. Hierarchical multiple regressions indicated that family therapy was associated with decreases in both internalizing and externalizing behaviors when children reported outcomes, whereas individual therapy was associated with increases in externalizing behaviors. Although neither individual nor family therapy was related to caregiver reports of their childrenÕs symptoms, caregivers reported that family sessions had therapeutic effects on their own level of depression. Recommendations and implications for future work are offered.

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007

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