Child and Caregiver Dropout in Child Psychotherapy for Trauma

Jessica G. Eslinger, Ginny Sprang, Melanie D. Otis

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This study focused on the identification of variables collected at baseline assessments that predict children and caregivers who are at risk for dropout from treatment. A sample of 115 children and their caregivers who received evidence-based treatment for traumatic stress was utilized for this study. Multinomial logistic regression analyses indicated that caregiver and child age, the child's externalizing behaviors, and the child and caregiver's acknowledgment of posttraumatic stress symptoms significantly predicted premature dropout from treatment. Clarification of child and caregiver characteristics that increase the risk of dropout allows for the identification of families in need of additional support to stay in treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-136
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • attrition
  • child
  • dropout
  • psychotherapy
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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