Journal Publishes Paper on Parents Anonymous Study

March 31, 2021 | by Evident Change

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Members of the Evident Change research team published a paper in the March issue of Children and Youth Services Review, an international, peer-reviewed journal. “The Impact of Parents Anonymous on Child Safety and Permanency” describes an Evident Change study that examined the effectiveness of Parents Anonymous in two large California counties.

For the study, Evident Change staff Dr. Cynthia Burnson, Sarah Covington, Bertha Arvizo, and Jun Qiao, along with Dr. Elizabeth Harris, looked at subsequent child welfare system involvement outcomes among a sample of parents who received Parents Anonymous services and compared those outcomes to a sample who did not receive such services. All study participants had been involved in the child welfare system. Outcomes used by the researchers included subsequent child welfare outcomes of referral, investigation, substantiation, or child removal within two post-treatment periods.

They found that a referral for child abuse or neglect and a substantiated child abuse or neglect finding were both significantly less likely in the treatment group than the comparison group at 12 months following the end of Parents Anonymous participation. This helped them conclude that Parents Anonymous may have a positive, long-term effect on child safety for families involved in the child welfare system.

A brief summary of the study is available here. The Children and Youth Services Review article is available here.