International Journal of Family Therapy

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 102–113 | Cite as

Follow-up of a full-scale network assembly

  • David W. Trimble
  • Jodie Kliman
  • Albert Villapiano
  • William Beckett


The authors conducted two full-scale network assemblies for the family network of a suicidal adolescent. Findings from the clinical follow-up and telephone interviews with 21 of 65 participants revealed benefits for the index family and the network members who participated in the meetings. A “ripple effect” in which the participants' own personal networks improved was also demonstrated. Benefits included resolution of a suicidal crisis, better understanding of depression and family stress, more adaptive responses to depression and suicidal risk, and improved personal relationships. No casualties from this intervention were discovered. This report is intended to stimulate future, more systematic outcome studies.


Health Psychology Telephone Interview Adaptive Response Social Issue Personal Relationship 
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© Human Sciences Press 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • David W. Trimble
    • 1
  • Jodie Kliman
    • 1
  • Albert Villapiano
    • 2
  • William Beckett
    • 3
  1. 1.private practiceBrookline
  2. 2.Human Resources InstituteBrookline
  3. 3.private practiceQuincy

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