Generalizability of the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program: Evidence From an Efficacy Study

Micaela Mercado, Ashley Ann Fuss, Nanaho Sawano, Alexandra Gensemer, Wendy Brennan, Kinsey McManus, Lisa B Dixon, Morgan Haselden, Andrew F Cleek
Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association 2016 June 1, 67 (6): 591-3
Previous studies conducted in Maryland of the Family-to-Family (FTF) education program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that FTF reduced subjective burden and distress and improved empowerment, mental health knowledge, self-care, and family functioning, establishing it as an evidence-based practice. In the study reported here, the FTF program of NAMI-NYC Metro was evaluated. Participants (N=83) completed assessments at baseline and at completion of FTF. Participants had improved family empowerment, family functioning, engagement in self-care activities, self-perception of mental health knowledge, and emotional acceptance as a form of coping. Scores for emotional support and positive reframing also improved significantly. Displeasure in caring for the family member, a measure of subjective burden, significantly declined. Despite the lack of a control group and the limited sample size, this study further supports the efficacy of FTF with a diverse urban population.

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