Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 63–78 | Cite as

Using a Community Participatory Research Approach to Understand Satisfaction with Psychopharmacology Among Families of Children with Psychiatric Co-Morbidities

  • Karen Hacker
  • Elisa Friedman
  • Shalini A. Tendulkar
  • Patrice Melvin
  • Maureen Jerz
  • Lisa Lambert
Article

Abstract

How do parents of children with psychiatric co-morbidities perceive their children’s use of psychiatric medications? To learn more, the Parent/Professional Advocacy League of Massachusetts (PAL), representing families of children with mental health needs, collaborated with researchers on a community-based participatory research (CBPR) study. A questionnaire assessed satisfaction with psychiatric medication as it pertained to children with psychiatric co-morbidities (n = 212). Satisfied parents were likely to employ alternative therapies and feel that prescribers had informed them about medication use and side effects. Results reinforce the need for prescribers to discuss psychopharmacology with families. CBPR improved study relevance and supported PAL’s advocacy efforts.

Keywords

Psychiatric co-morbidities Children Mental health Community-based participatory research Parental satisfaction 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Hacker
    • 1
  • Elisa Friedman
    • 2
  • Shalini A. Tendulkar
    • 1
  • Patrice Melvin
    • 3
  • Maureen Jerz
    • 4
  • Lisa Lambert
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute for Community HealthHarvard Medical School and Cambridge Health AllianceCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Community HealthCambridge Health AllianceCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Program for Patient Safety and QualityChildren’s Hospital BostonBostonUSA
  4. 4.Professional Advocacy League of MassachusettsBostonUSA

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