An Evaluation of the NAMI Basics Program
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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.
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- An Evaluation of the NAMI Basics Program
Journal of Child and Family Studies
Volume 21, Issue 3 , pp 439-442
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- Springer US
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- Peer delivered
- Family support
- Children’s mental health
- Author Affiliations
- 1. National Alliance on Mental Illness, Arlington, VA, USA
- 2. New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, USA
- 3. Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA