KKFC Children at Risk Study

Principal Investigator: Harolyn Belcher

This study is designed to evaluate the association between parental risk factors and child behavior and parental stress following six months of mental health treatment. The study will use data from a previously IRB approved electronic database protocol. Data analysis will be performed on a limited data set that includes child age, child diagnoses, parental and teacher child behavior ratings, parental stress measures, and parental risk factors, including parental substance abuse, incarceration, mental health disorders, history of domestic violence. Analyses will include descriptive statistics and regression analyses to examine the association between parental risk factors, child behavior and parental stress from baseline to six months following mental health treatment.

The data set will also include gender as an explanatory variable and additional outcome variable including trauma-related symptoms (using the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children). Additional analyses, including descriptive statistics and regression analyses will be conducted to (1) examine the association between parental risk factors (parental mental health, parental substance abuse, and parental incarceration), adolescent maltreatment (physical abuse, emotional/mental abuse, and sexual abuse), and adolescent outcome behaviors (internalizing, externalizing, and trauma symptoms); (2) examine gender differences among these relationships.