Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 53–69

The Analysis of Intervention Change in Children and Families: Methodological and Conceptual Issues Embedded in Intervention Studies

  • J. Mark Eddy
  • Thomas J. Dishion
  • Michael Stoolmiller
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022634807098

Cite this article as:
Eddy, J.M., Dishion, T.J. & Stoolmiller, M. J Abnorm Child Psychol (1998) 26: 53. doi:10.1023/A:1022634807098

Abstract

This article provides an overview of methodological and conceptual issues underlying the assessment of change during psychotherapy with children and families. Three central considerations are discussed: (1) What changes do we measure? (2) When do we measure change? (3) How do we measure change? The difficulties with the traditional methods of assessing change are highlighted, and suggestions for a new paradigm that calls for expansion of the nomological network relevant to the analysis of change, as well as the inclusion of more assessment points and more reliable and valid measures of the change process, are presented. Illustrations of key points are provided from the Adolescent Transitions Program, a theoretically based intervention program targeting high-risk youth.

Measurement of change psychotherapy change item reliability antisocial behavior coercion theory 

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Mark Eddy
    • 1
  • Thomas J. Dishion
    • 2
  • Michael Stoolmiller
    • 1
  1. 1.Oregon Social Learning CenterEugene
  2. 2.University of OregonEugene

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