Article: In pilot study, parents reported reduced stress after MLP services

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

By Jennifer Rosen Valverde Behavioral Medicine

Families living in poverty face many stressors created and maintained by economic hardship and unaddressed legal and social needs. As medical-legal partnerships aim to address and solve unmet legal and social needs, this pilot study at Rutgers examines whether MLP-involved parents perceived themselves as stressed, to what they attributed their stress, and whether they reported a reduction in stress when their legal cases were closed. The study shows that, following a medical-legal partnership intervention, parents had improvements in perceived stress.