The Family Check-Up: A Pilot Study of a Brief Intervention to Improve Family Functioning in Adults

TitleThe Family Check-Up: A Pilot Study of a Brief Intervention to Improve Family Functioning in Adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsUebelacker, LA, Hecht, J, Miller, IW
JournalFamily Process
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number00147370
Keywordsclinical trials, DEPRESSION, Mental, FAMILIES -- Health & hygiene, Family Check-Up, Family Functioning, FAMILY psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, Open Trial, Treatment

Many barriers exist for families seeking appropriate treatment for family problems. In an effort to minimize some of these barriers, we developed the Family Check-Up, a brief two-session family intervention. The Family Check-Up is based on the Drinker's Check-Up and consists of assessment, feedback, discussion, and goal setting. The purpose of the intervention is to help families identify and become motivated to make needed changes in any aspect of their family functioning. We conducted an open pilot trial of the Family Check-Up with 32 families. Our data suggest that the Family Check-Up (1) is sought out by the target audience, namely those with family problems; (2) is sought out by people with elevated depression symptoms or a history of treatment for depression or anxiety; (3) is feasible to conduct; (4) is acceptable to families; and (5) may be associated with changes in family functioning and depression symptoms over time. These results suggest that further research, particularly a randomized clinical trial, is warranted. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Family Process is the property of Wiley-Blackwell and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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