Supervisory alliance: Key to positive alliances and outcomes in home-based parenting support?

M. de Greef*, M. J. M. H. Delsing, B. D. McLeod, H. M. Pijnenburg, R. H. J. Scholte, J. van Vugt, M. J. C. van Hattum

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Abstract

ObjectivesThis study investigated whether the supervisory alliance between professionals and supervisors contributes to strong client-professional alliances and positive outcomes of home-based parenting support provided by youth care organizations.MethodsMulti-informant self-report supervisory alliance, alliance, and outcome data from 124 parents (M age = 39.83 years, SD = 6.98), professionals (n = 84, M age = 43.66 years, SD = 10.46), and supervisors (n = 26, M age = 47.18 years, SD = 8.28) collected early and late in care were analyzed using structural equation modeling.ResultsA stronger professional-reported supervisory alliance was related to a stronger professional-reported alliance early in care (β = 0.27, p < 0.01), and predicted higher levels of parent-reported satisfaction with care (β = 0.19, p < .05; β = 0.25, p < 0.01), and professional-reported satisfaction with care (β = 0.21, p < 0.01). A stronger supervisory alliance reported by supervisors predicted parent-reported improvement in parent functioning (β = 0.26, p < 0.05), and higher levels of professional-reported satisfaction with care (β = 0.19, p < 0.05; β = .14, p < 0.05). Finally, effects of professional-reported supervisory alliance on professional-reported satisfaction with care were mediated through higher levels of professional-reported alliance (β = 0.06, p < 0.05; β = .07, p < 0.05).ConclusionsA strong supervisory alliance may relate to strong alliances and positive outcomes of home-based parenting support. Future research needs to identify factors that contribute to strong supervisory alliances and explain linkages between the supervisory alliance, the alliance, and outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)993-1004
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Keywords

  • AGREEMENT
  • Alliance
  • CHILD
  • CLIMATE
  • INVENTORY
  • MENTAL-HEALTH
  • Parent
  • Parenting support
  • Professional
  • QUESTIONNAIRE
  • STRATEGIES
  • Supervisor
  • THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE
  • VALIDATION
  • WORKING ALLIANCE
  • Youth care

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de Greef, M., Delsing, M. J. M. H., McLeod, B. D., Pijnenburg, H. M., Scholte, R. H. J., van Vugt, J., & van Hattum, M. J. C. (2019). Supervisory alliance: Key to positive alliances and outcomes in home-based parenting support? Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28(4), 993-1004. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-018-01317-0