Longitudinal assessment of parental satisfaction with children's psychiatric hospitalization

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Objective: To examine trends over time in parents' satisfaction with their children's prior psychiatric hospitalization and whether such trends are related to postdischarge outcomes. Study Design/Data Collection: Parents of 107 child inpatients completed a satisfaction survey at discharge. Satisfaction with the same inpatient stay was re-assessed 3, 6, and 12 months after discharge. Parents also provided ratings of behavioral symptoms at admission, discharge, and at postdischarge follow-ups. Principal Findings: Random regression analyses indicated significant decline in satisfaction from discharge to follow-up. The proportion of parents reporting that they were not satisfied doubled between discharge and 3-month follow-up. Parents whose satisfaction appraisals shifted from satisfied at discharge to not satisfied at follow-up also provided mean ratings of their child's disruptive behavioral problems at follow-up that were higher than those of parents who reported satisfaction with inpatient care at both times. Conclusions: Findings suggest that appraisals of inpatient care are subject to change, and may become more negative when clinical improvement associated with hospitalization dissipates in the months following discharge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-115
Number of pages8
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Children
  • Outcomes
  • Psychiatric inpatient services
  • Satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health Policy
  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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