Mental Health Services Research

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 57–70

Dose Response in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

  • Leonard Bickman
  • Ana Regina Andrade
  • E. Warren Lambert
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1015210332175

Cite this article as:
Bickman, L., Andrade, A.R. & Lambert, E.W. Ment Health Serv Res (2002) 4: 57. doi:10.1023/A:1015210332175

Abstract

This study examines the dose–response relationship, the correlation between the amount of mental health treatment a child receives (dose) and the outcome (response) in a community setting. Participants were 125 children treated in the Stark County Child and Adolescent Mental Health System. Study methods include multiple outcomes, multiple-dose definitions, longitudinal hierarchical analysis of repeated measures, and instrumental variable estimation to control for possible confounding between outcome and treatment dose. Results show no statistically significant dose response. The results do not support the existence of a dose response for children and adolescents consistent enough to guide clinicians, administrators, or policymakers.

children's mental health services dose response Stark County longitudinal repeated measures 

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonard Bickman
    • 1
  • Ana Regina Andrade
    • 1
  • E. Warren Lambert
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Mental Health PolicyVanderbilt UniversityNashville