Partial hospitalization treatment for preschoolers with severe behavior problems: child age and maternal functioning as predictors of outcome
Version of Record online: 9 MAR 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health © 2012 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 18, Issue 1, pages 24–32, February 2013
How to Cite
Martin, S. E., McConville, D. W., Williamson, L. R., Feldman, G. and Boekamp, J. R. (2013), Partial hospitalization treatment for preschoolers with severe behavior problems: child age and maternal functioning as predictors of outcome. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18: 24–32. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2012.00661.x
- Issue online: 23 JAN 2013
- Version of Record online: 9 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 JAN 2012
- Partial hospitalization;
- preschool psychopathology;
- treatment outcomes
This study focused on the behavioral functioning and treatment outcomes of preschool-aged children who attended a specialized, family focused psychiatric partial hospitalization program.
Study data were collected between 2002 and 2007. Maternal reports of child behavioral functioning were obtained at program admission and discharge. Maternal parenting stress and psychiatric impairment were assessed at admission.
Children's symptom severity decreased from admission to discharge, particularly with respect to externalizing symptoms. Both child age and maternal functioning emerged as predictors of treatment outcome.
Specialized partial hospitalization may be an effective approach to treatment for preschool children with severe psychopathology.