Parents' Informed Consent Decisions Regarding Psychotherapy for Their Children: Consideration of Therapeutic Risks and Benefits

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Abstract

This article explores parents' use of informed consent information through an analogue procedure in which parents were asked to make decisions regarding treatment. Three informed consent conditions with varying therapy risk and benefit information, and 2 case studies with different levels of child problem severity were used. The effects of other variables, such as attitudes toward treatment and previous therapy experience were also explored. Although the therapy risk and benefit information did not appear to influence the parents' decisions about entering treatment, child problem severity and parent attitude toward treatment were both positively associated with the likelihood of seeking treatment.

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