Enhancing family engagement in interventions for mental health problems in youth

Keith C. Herman, Lindsay A. Borden, Chinghui Hsu, Tia R. Schultz, Megan Strawsine Carney, Connie M. Brooks, Wendy M. Reinke

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Much progress has been made in helping families improve their relationships and provide effective environments for their children. However, an ongoing challenge in implementing these practices is to actively engage families in interventions for youth. Most effective treatments for youth require some level of caregiver involvement. Research has identified many barriers that prevent families from seeking services for their child and/or from fully participating in these services. Fortunately, a growing literature has now emerged about the necessary ingredients for fostering family participation in psychosocial services. The purpose of this article is to build off the work of Affronti and Levison-Johnson (2009) by describing specific methods for promoting initial and sustained parent motivation in residential care service delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-119
Number of pages18
JournalResidential Treatment for Children and Youth
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • family check-up
  • motivational interviewing
  • parent engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Law


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