Most cited CAMH paper joint #13 of 25: Child and parent engagement in the mental health intervention process: a motivational framework

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To celebrate the Child and Adolescent Mental Health journal’s 25th anniversary, we have released the 25 top cited articles of all time*! All papers are freely available online for you to read until 31 December 2020.

Number 13 is a tie! Jointly at 13 is…

Child and parent engagement in the mental health intervention process: a motivational framework
Gillian King, Melissa Currie, Patricia Petersen
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
First Published: 14 December 2012

Key Practitioner Message

  • Child and parent engagement in mental health treatment can be considered to be a multifaceted state of affective, cognitive, and behavioral commitment or investment in the client role over the intervention process
  • In an engaged state, the client is enthusiastic about intervention, believes that the offered or chosen treatment will be effective, and sees the intervention plan as manageable
  • Practitioners may benefit by considering whether clients have a hopeful stance, are convinced about the appropriateness of intervention goals and processes, and are confident in their ability to carry out the intervention plan
  • Practitioners can play a key role in optimizing client engagement by maximizing the client’s receptivity, willingness, and self‐efficacy

*as of December 2019

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