The analysis of intervention change in children and families: Methodological and conceptual issues embedded in intervention studies

J. Mark Eddy, Thomas J. Dishion, Michael Stoolmiller

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Abstract

This article provides an overview of methodological and conceptual issues underlying the assessment of change during psychotherapy with children and families. Three central considerations are discussed: (1) What changes do we measure? (2) When do we measure change? (3) How do we measure change? The difficulties with the traditional methods of assessing change are highlighted, and suggestions for a new paradigm that calls for expansion of the nomological network relevant to the analysis of change, as well as the inclusion of more assessment points and more reliable and valid measures of the change process, are presented. Illustrations of key points are provided from the Adolescent Transitions Program, a theoretically based intervention program targeting high-risk youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-69
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Antisocial behavior
  • Change item
  • Coercion theory
  • Measurement of change
  • Psychotherapy
  • Reliability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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The analysis of intervention change in children and families : Methodological and conceptual issues embedded in intervention studies. / Eddy, J. Mark; Dishion, Thomas J.; Stoolmiller, Michael.

In: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Vol. 26, No. 1, 1998, p. 53-69.

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