ERIC Number: EJ965286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
An Evaluation of the NAMI Basics Program
Brister, Teri; Cavaleri, Mary A.; Olin, S. Serene; Shen, Sa; Burns, Barbara J.; Hoagwood, Kimberly E.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v21 n3 p439-442 Jun 2012
This brief report describes results from an evaluation of NAMI Basics, a peer-delivered family education program for family caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness. Over six classes, family members are given information (e.g. education about mental illness and treatments), skills training (e.g. family communication skills) and advocacy support. We report data from 36 caregivers who completed pre and posttest instruments measuring self-care, empowerment, and family problem-solving and communication skills. Results showed significant improvements in self-care, empowerment, and "incendiary" family communication after participation in the program. Results suggest that NAMI Basics may improve both parental functioning and familial processes. Implications and future directions are discussed.
Descriptors: Family Problems, Mental Disorders, Caregivers, Family Relationship, Communication Skills, Mental Retardation, Pretests Posttests, Family Involvement, Mental Health Programs
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