Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 439–442

An Evaluation of the NAMI Basics Program


  • Teri Brister
    • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    • New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • S. Serene Olin
    • New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Sa Shen
    • New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Barbara J. Burns
    • Duke University School of Medicine
  • Kimberly E. Hoagwood
    • New York State Psychiatric Institute
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10826-011-9496-6

Cite this article as:
Brister, T., Cavaleri, M.A., Olin, S.S. et al. J Child Fam Stud (2012) 21: 439. doi:10.1007/s10826-011-9496-6


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.


Peer deliveredPeer-to-peerFamily supportChildren’s mental health

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