Medical-Legal Partnership Impact on Parents’ Perceived Stress: A Pilot Study

By: Jennifer N. Rosen Valverde, Jeffrey Backstrand, Laurie Hills, and Hanan Tanuos. Published in Behavioral Medicine. Published on June 26, 2018

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The abstract reads: “Stress has adverse effects on health, and prolonged stress exposure is a risk factor for several mental and physical illnesses. Families living in poverty face many stressors created and maintained by economic hardship and unaddressed legal and social needs. Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) aim to improve health and well-being by addressing health-harming legal and social needs of patients. This pilot study examined whether MLP-involved parents perceived themselves as stressed; to what they attributed their stress; and whether they reported a reduction in stress when their MLP cases were closed. The study shows improvements in perceived stress following receipt of MLP interventions.”

Categories: Delivery systems (e.g., MLPs), Health, Health, Legal Aid Practitioners, Medical-Legal Partnerships, National, Researchers and Academics

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