New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

Study by NYU Silver School Researcher Michael Lindsey Explores What Works Best to Bring Children and Families into Mental Health Treatment

February 18, 2014

Due in part to the common difficulty of engaging families in mental health treatment, many children with mental health disorders do not receive services. The impact can be life-long, with half of all adult mental health disorders beginning during childhood.

A new article authored principally by Michael A. Lindsey, associate professor at the Silver School of Social Work of New York University, sifts the findings of nearly 350 randomized controlled trials and studies based on the experiments – identifying the most effective engagement and retention elements for practitioners to employ.

The article, “Identifying the Common Elements of Treatment Engagement Interventions in Children’s Mental Health Services,” appears in Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, and was co-authored with Nicole E. Brandt, Kimberly D. Becker, Bethany R. Lee, Richard P. Barth, Eric L. Daleiden, and Bruce F. Chorpita.

Barriers to mental health treatment may be practical in nature—lack of transportation or child care assistance – or perceptional, rooted in misperceptions about the importance or relevance of such treatment, prior negative experiences with treatment, or the stigma that exists with regard to mental illness and mental health services, the authors write.

But while issues of engagement and retention have been described by federally commissioned reports as pivotal to addressing the divide between high mental health need and low service use, “treatment engagement remains a poorly understood component of successful service delivery,” according to the article.

“This could be, in part, related to the fact that despite rich theory, information from research on engagement strategies has not been aggregated in ways that are readily translatable into improved services.” With this study, Lindsey and his colleagues aim to change that.

Professor Lindsey is available for interview about this subject. To arrange an interview, please contact the NYU press liaison listed with this press release.

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Research News, Research, Silver School of Social Work

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: Robert Polner | (212) 998-2337

Study by NYU Silver School Researcher Michael Lindsey Explores What Works Best to Bring Children and Families into Mental Health Treatment

Search News



NYU In the News

Entrepreneurship Lab Opens at NYU

Crain’s New York Business covered the opening of the Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurial eLab, which will be the headquarters for NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute and all of the University’s programs aimed at promoting innovation and startups.

A Globalizer for N.Y.U. in Abu Dhabi

The New York Times profiled Bill Bragin who will become the first executive artistic director of NYU Abu Dhabi’s new performing arts center.

Think Tank to Ponder a Future for Ballet

The New York Times profiled Jennifer Homans, the director of NYU’s new Center for Ballet and the Arts.

The Brilliant Ten: Jonathan Viventi Builds Devices That Decode Thoughts

Popular Science named Assistant Bioengineering Professor Jonathan Viventi as one of its “brilliant ten” for his research into brain implants that could one day halt epileptic episodes:

Living and Leaving the Dream: Adrian Cardenas’ Journey from the Major Leagues to College

The New York Times ran a feature on Adrian Cardenas, a former major league baseball player who is now studying philosophy and creating writing at NYU.

NYU Footer