Family Engagement And Retention By Families With Children With Mental Health

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Define: Family engagement and retention by families with children with mental health, social, and behavioral issues does improve the outcome for the child according to Herman, Borden, Hsu, Schultz, Ma, Brooks and Reinke, 2011. Authors Ellis, Lindsey, Barker, Boxmeyer and Lochman, 2013 defined intervention engagement as, “client attendance, involvement, buy-in, full participation, active participation, and commitment to intervention efforts are all terms that have been used interchangeably to describe intervention engagement.” They continue to explain how construct of intervention engagement suffers from “a lack of a clear definition, consistent operationalization, and theoretical conceptualization across studies.” Several articles eluded to no clear definition but a report by The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health from April 2009 the New York State Council on Children and Families, 2008 defined Family engagement as, “any role of activity that enables families to have direct and meaningful input into and influence on systems, policies, programs, or practices affecting services for children and families.” The F.O.R.C.E report also explained engagement as involvement as well as a commitment. However, obtaining and maintaining family engagement is often met with barriers as well according to Herman, et. al, 2011. Scope: Family engagement is important to all youth. According to Ingoldsby, 2010, “Engaging and retaining families in mental health prevention and
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