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Family Life and Relationships in the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for Children and Adolescents (HoNOSCA)

  • Caitriona Aine MacGregor (a1) and Declan Sheerin (a2)
Abstract
Aims and Method

The Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for Children and Adolescents (HoNOSCA) were developed as a routine measure of outcomes in child and adolescent psychiatry. In a preliminary study we administered sub-scale 12 of HoNOSCA (Family Life and Relationships) to 20 families and compared the results with two well-established measures of family functioning and a measure of abnormal psychosocial situations associated with psychopathology.

Results

Strong correlations were found between HoNOSCA sub-scale 12 and both self-assessed and clinician-assessed measures of family functioning. However, there was little relationship between HoNOSCA (12) and a measure of abnormal psychosocial situations.

Clinical Implications

HoNOSCA (12) appears to provide a quick and valid assessment of overall family dysfunction and can be used in a time-efficient manner as a means to assess where further more comprehensive family assessment or family therapy may be required.

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Family Life and Relationships in the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for Children and Adolescents (HoNOSCA)

  • Caitriona Aine MacGregor (a1) and Declan Sheerin (a2)
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