Engaging families in longitudinal preventive intervention research: discrete-time survival analysis of socioeconomic and social-emotional risk factors

J Consult Clin Psychol. 1999 Feb;67(1):157-63. doi: 10.1037//0022-006x.67.1.157.


This study examined whether family risk factors predicted attrition in a prevention research project that incorporated procedures to increase retention in assessment and intervention activities. Analyses used data from 667 rural families collected over 4 waves and consisted of (a) young adolescent and parent reports of internalizing and externalizing problems, (b) observer ratings of distress in parent-child interactions, and (c) family socioeconomic status (SES). Analyses failed to identify any risk factors as significant predictors of intervention participation. Only SES was found to be significant as a predictor of assessment attrition. This SES result appeared to reflect an association between lower educational attainment and an increased likelihood of attrition.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Early Intervention, Educational / methods*
  • Family / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Patient Dropouts / psychology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Adjustment
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Survival Analysis
  • Treatment Refusal / psychology