Date Approved


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Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Klanderman, John

Committee Member 1

Dihoff, Roberta


Children's Seashore House; Behavior disorders in children; Parent and child


Educational Psychology


This study investigated the effect female caretaker psychopathology had on their child's treatment gains in the Children's Intensive Emotional Behavioral Day Program of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The sample consisted of 31 children and 31 female caretakers. The female caretakers' symptoms of psychopathology were measured by using the SCL-90-R Checklist and the children's behaviors were measured by using the Conners' Teacher Rating Scale. The results of this study were termed important since the number of children with behavioral and emotional problems is increasing and the treatment being provided seems to be lacking. It was hoped that the study would provide researchers and clinicians with information that would act as a tool in providing the most appropriate treatment for children. The purpose of this study was to provide insight into the effects caretaker anxiety, depression and distress had on their child's improvement in a partial hospital program in the areas of social skills, oppositional behavior, and emotional lability. Results indicated that female caretaker psychopathology had no effect on the child's treatment gains in an emotional and behavioral program.