Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 177–191 | Cite as

Experiences of mandated reporting among family therapists

  • Melton Strozier
  • Rachel Brown
  • Martha Fennell
  • Jane Hardee
  • Robert Vogel


Mandated reporting of child abuse has rarely been examined in terms of its impact on Family Therapy (FT) systemic processes. This study is designed to assess negative experiences FTs have with mandated reporting. A survey instrument was devised to assess negative experiences of FTs with mandated reporting. The instrument was administered to 101 FTs. The results indicate four statistically significant findings regarding frequent negative experiences, largely related to the under funding and understaffed nature of Child Protective Services (CPS). The results also indicated that negative experiences with CPS begin in the early stages of FTs’ careers.


behavioral sciences and the law child sexual abuse child abuse family therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melton Strozier
    • 1
  • Rachel Brown
    • 2
  • Martha Fennell
    • 3
  • Jane Hardee
    • 3
  • Robert Vogel
    • 4
  1. 1.Director of Behavioral Sciences and Associate Professor in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral ScienceMercer University School of MedicineMaconUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Professor in PsychiatryMercer University School of MedicineMaconUSA
  3. 3.Instructor in Psychiatry and Behavioral ScienceMercer University School of MedicineMaconUSA
  4. 4.Jiann-Ping Hsu School of Public HealthKarl Peace Endowed Chair of Biostatistics, Georgia Southern UniversityStatesboroUSA

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