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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 6/2012

01-12-2012 | Original Paper

An Approach to Examining the Proximal and Intermediate Outcomes of an Intensive Family Preservation Program

Auteurs: Kristin Duppong Hurley, Annette Griffith, Stephanie Ingram, Claudine Bolivar, W. Alex Mason, Alexandra Trout

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 6/2012

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Abstract

This study examined the effects of the Boys Town In-Home Family Program (BT-IHFP) on parenting skills, family functioning, and child behavior for at-risk families involved with child protective services. The BT-IHFP is designed as a home-based, family-centered alternative to out-of-home placement with the goal of improving family functioning, keeping families together, and preventing further involvement with child protective services. The model uses a hands-on cognitive-behavioral approach, promotes family engagement, provides 24/7 services to families, and links families to community resources. While it is essential to examine ultimate, long-term outcomes such as family preservation, it is also important to investigate the proximal and intermediate outcomes that address the key changes in behavior that support successful long-term outcomes. The goals of this study were to (1) examine the pre-post change of proximal and intermediate outcomes and (2) examine if improvements in parenting skills, parental roles, and parental stress (proximal outcomes) will be related to improvements in child behavior at home, child behavior at school, and family functioning (intermediate outcomes). Inspecting intake and discharge data for 44 families, 94% were intact at discharge and significant pre-post improvements were found in proximal and intermediate outcomes. These findings suggest that this six-week intensive BT-IHFP holds promise for teaching at-risk families skills to promote positive family functioning.
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Metagegevens
Titel
An Approach to Examining the Proximal and Intermediate Outcomes of an Intensive Family Preservation Program
Auteurs
Kristin Duppong Hurley
Annette Griffith
Stephanie Ingram
Claudine Bolivar
W. Alex Mason
Alexandra Trout
Publicatiedatum
01-12-2012
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 6/2012
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-011-9563-z