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Sprang, G. (2009). The efficacy of a relational treatment for maltreated children and their families. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 14(2), 81-88.

Program(s) Reviewed: ABC

Study Screening Details

Screening DecisionScreening Conclusion
Study Passes ScreensEligible for Review

Study Design Details

RatingDesignAttritionBaseline EquivalenceReassignmentConfounding Factors
LowRandomized controlled trialLowEstablished on race; not established on SES; established on two of four outcome measures assessable at baseline.NoneYes

A confound in the study design resulted in an automatic low rating. Study participants were randomized into treatment and control groups using a procedure in which every fourth case was designated as a wait-list control. This is a cluster random assignment procedure, in which the cluster is defined by a participant’s position on the registration list. The study’s confound is that there is only one cluster in the comparison group.

Study Registration Identifier: None found. Study registration was assessed by HomVEE beginning with the 2014 review.


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