Evaluation of Family Preservation and Reunification Programs: Final Report - Volume Two. 3.6.6 Caretaker Depression


In both the initial and post-treatment interviews we administered the SCL-90 (41) depression scale to measure the level of depression of the caretaker. (42) In none of the three states were there significant differences between the groups in scores on this scale at the post-treatment or followup interviews or in changes over time (see Tables 3-3, 3-4, and 3-5). Scores at post-treatment were, on average, less than those in the initial interview for both groups and the reduction was greater for the experimental group (Kentucky: .23 less for the experimental group and .14 less for the control group; New Jersey: .19 less for the experimental group, .09 less for the control group; Tennessee: .32 less for the experimental group, .19 less for the control group), though the differences were not statistically significant.

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