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Masters Thesis

Study Type

Mixed methods


School for Social Work


Child psychotherapy-Residential treatment, Child psychotherapy-Parent participation, Adolescent psychotherapy-Residential treatment, Adolescent psychotherapy-Parent participation, Family psychotherapy, Caregiver involvement, Child psychiatric treatment, Adolescent psychiatric treatment, Child and adolescent mental health, Psychiatric inpatient care, Psychiatric inpatient clinicians, Family centered care


This mixed-methods exploratory study aimed to contribute to the knowledge about caregiver involvement during child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric treatment, as it is the most agreed upon factor of treatment outcomes by both psychiatric providers and previous research. Thirty-two licensed clinicians who either currently work or worked within the last five years on child and/or adolescent psychiatric inpatient units completed an online survey. The survey included both multiple choice and open ended questions about participants’ perceptions of how they involved caregivers during treatment as well as the involvement of the unit and day programming. The findings of the study confirmed the previous research, specifically that caregiver involvement during inpatient psychiatric treatment plays a crucial role in the outcomes of hospitalizations. However, the findings also demonstrated that there are barriers and unknown influences that are affecting the implementation of caregiver involvement during treatment and the movement towards more family centered models of care.




iv, 53 pages. M.S.W., Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Ma., 2016. Includes bibliographical references (pages 35-38)

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