A study of the factors related to the acceptance of treatment as seen in the initial interviews
Ehrlich, Joan L
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This was a comparative study of seven families that accepted treatment and seven families that refused treatment. The study focused on the relationship of parental attitudes in the initial interviews to the subsequent acceptance of treatment. The following areas were examined in order to understand the dynamics of clinic involvement: descriptive characteristics, family background, history of the problem, source of referral, parental attitudes toward the child, parental attitudes toward the problem, parental attitudes toward the clinic and the nature of termination. This study was conducted at the Providence Child Guidance Clinic in Providence, Rhode Island. The factors that were found to be most related to the acceptance of treatment were parental attitudes toward the child, toward the problem and toward the clinic. Parental attitudes in relation to clinic involvement tended to form a configuration. The parents who introjected responsibility for the problem, were ambivalent to their children and were either well-motivated or ambivalent to the clinic accapted treatment. The parents who refused treatment tended to project responsibility for the problem, be more rejecting of their children and either poorly-motivated or ambivalent to the clinic. Another factor that was found to be crucially related to the acceptance of treatment was some degree of conscious involvement with their child's difficulty.
Thesis (M.S.)--Boston University
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