Therapeutic Alliance Building During the Child Psychiatric Intake: Does VTC Make a Difference?
WALTER REED NATIONAL MILITARY MEDICAL CENTER BETHESDA MD
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This study examined potential changes in perceptions of therapeutic working alliance during a child s initial diagnostic interview from the parent s perspective. The major study objective was to determine whether parental perceptions of alliance vary by group video teleconferencing VTC, face-to-face FTF over time Pre, Post intake. It was predicted that parental alliance would be more favorable after an FTF encounter relative to a VTC intervention. Participants were recruited and enrolled in two study cohorts between August 2000 and October 2005. Parents completed the Parental Perceptions of Alliance Questionnaire PPAQ immediately before pre-PPAQ and after post- PPAQ their interview. Analysis of variance ANOVA tests showed that the mean PPAQ scores of FTF groups being higher than that of VTC groups controlling for time was statistically significant, F1,144 4.14, p 0.04. However, upon further analysis, the interaction effect was not significant, F1,144 1.20, p 0.28. Findings from the current exploratory study suggest that, at least following an intake child psychiatric examination, parents perceptions of therapeutic alliance are stronger than they were before intake for those conducted in an FTF format as well as through VTC.
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