Evaluation of Family Preservation and Reunification Programs: Final Report - Volume Two. 3.7 Overall Assessment of Improvement by Caretakers

09/01/2002

In the post-treatment interview, caretakers were asked about general changes in their families' lives since entering the study. Results are shown in Table 3-10 and 3-11. At post-treatment, in Kentucky and New Jersey, relative to control group caretakers, a significantly larger proportion of experimental group caretakers generally thought there was "great improvement" in their lives. This difference was significant in both the primary and secondary analyses. In the Tennessee secondary analysis, results

Table 3-10
Caretakers' Assessments Of Overall Change Since First Interview, Post-Treatment Interview
  Kentucky New Jersey Tennessee
Control
%
Experimental
%
Control
%
Experimental
%
Control
%
Experimental
%
Primary analysis: p = .02 p = .001 p = n.s.
Great improvement 16 22 9 16 32 32
Some improvement 31 42 41 52 32 42
Same 42 29 34 20 22 14
Somewhat or a great deal worse 12 6 16 12 14 13
Table 3-11
Caretakers' Assessments Of Overall Change Since Post-Treatment Interview, Followup Interview
  Kentucky New Jersey Tennessee
  Control
%
Experimental
%
Control
%
Experimental
%
Control
%
Experimental
%
Primary analysis: p = n.s. p = n.s. p = n.s.
Great improvement 34 36 30 28 53 36
Some improvement 37 38 36 42 31 41
Same 18 16 17 16 8 15
Somewhat or a great deal worse 11 9 16 13 3 7

tended in the same direction, though not significantly (p = .09). At followup, differences
between the groups in Kentucky and New Jersey had nearly disappeared. In Tennessee, control group respondents more often thought there was "great improvement," although it was not a significant difference.

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