Evaluation of Family Preservation and Reunification Programs: Interim Report. 8.8.4 Child Problems

01/08/2001

Twelve of the items on the caseworker problem inventory concerned the children. In Kentucky at post-treatment, the percentage of child problems for the experimental group was, on average, 27 percent compared to an average of 25 percent for the control group, a nonsignificant difference.24 There were no significant differences in change in child problems between interviews in either the primary or secondary analyses.

In New Jersey at post-treatment, the average of the percentages of child problems was 25 percent for the experimental group and 27 percent for the control group, a nonsignificant difference.25 There were no significant differences in change in child problems between interviews in either the primary or secondary analyses.

In Tennessee, the average percentages of child problems in the two groups at post-treatment were very close (18% for the control group, 19% for the experimental group). The difference between the groups in change over time was not significant.


(24)  In the secondary analysis, however, the difference increased and approached significance with 29% for the experimental group and 24% for the control group, p = .06.

(25)  The difference for the secondary analysis was also not significant (25% vs. 28%, p = .12).