An Evaluation of the NAMI Basics Program
- 351 Downloads
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.
KeywordsPeer delivered Peer-to-peer Family support Children’s mental health
- Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit. (2008). The self-care inventory. Downloaded 1 Jan 2007 from www.NCTSN.org.
- Deal, P. (2008). NAMI basics: Evaluation final report. Unpublished manuscript.Google Scholar
- McCubbin, M. A., McCubbin, H. I., & Thompson, A. I. (1998). Family problem solving communication index. In Family assessment: Resiliency, coping and adaptation: Inventories for research and practice (pp. 639–686). Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.Google Scholar
- National Alliance on Mental Illness. (2010). Downloaded 1 Aug 2010 from http://www.nami.org.
- Sisson, D. P., & Fristad, M. A. (2001). A survey of stress and support for parents of children with early-onset bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 3(Suppl 1), 58.Google Scholar