A pilot study of a family-focused intervention for children and families affected by maternal depression

Carmen R. Valdez, Carrie L. Mills, Sandra Barrueco, Julie Leis, Anne W. Riley

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Abstract

A non-experimental pilot study examined child, mother and family outcomes of a 10-session multi-family group intervention designed to reduce risk and promote resilience for mothers with depression and their families. Positive changes following the Keeping Families Strong intervention included mother-reported decreases in child behaviour and emotional problems, improvements in the quality of family interactions and routines and improvements in their own well-being and support from others. Children (9-16 years) reported decreased internalizing symptoms, improved coping, increased maternal warmth and acceptance and decreased stressful family events. Attendance and mother-reported satisfaction were high, indicating the perceived value of the intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-19
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Family Therapy
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011

Keywords

  • Adult mental health
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Maternal depression
  • Multiple family groups
  • Outcome research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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